On component forces in physics : a pragmatic view

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Do component forces exist? I argue that the answer lies in the affirmative, on historical and operational grounds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophy of science in practice : Nancy Cartwright and the nature of scientific reasoning
EditorsHsiang-Ke CHAO, Julian REISS
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319455327
ISBN (Print)9783319455303
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameSynthese Library

Bibliographical note

This research was supported by the UGC, Hong Kong (‘The Instrument of Science’, Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship).

Paper presented at the International Conference on Evidence, Capacities, and Explanation - Cartwright's Philosophy, Sep 12-14, 2012, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.


  • Operational Definition
  • Component Force
  • Resultant Force
  • Spring Balance
  • Heavy Body


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