Who has read “The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science” by Nancy Cartwright? If you have, what are your thoughts?
Nancy Cartwright is a realist about physical things and causality but an anti-realist about physical laws. She thinks laws are often useful descriptions about the capacities of things, but themselves have no ontological status. At the same time, her account of causality is quite robust, seems to border on unabashed Aristotelianism.
I think she has some profound insights, but there are aspects of her account that I don’t understand, and would love to get some help with. Let me know what you think.