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Main interests: History and philosophy of science (especially physics and economics), Causal inference, Objectivity in science, Evidence, especially for evidence-based policy
Recently the philosopher Nancy Cartwright committed herself mainly to questions on objectivity and evidence, evidence-based policy in particular. The latter refers to public policy which is informed by objective evidence.
Since the publication of ‘How the Laws of Physics Lie’ (1983) Nancy Cartwright ranks among the most important philosophers of Science of our times. She is associated with the so-called “Stanford School”, a group of philosophers of science who repudiate the concept of the unity of science. Nancy Cartwright challenges the universal validity of the theoretical laws of physics.
Recently her main interest was on causal inference and objectivity and evidence, especially on evidence-based policy.
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