Composition Laws

Part of the The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 47)


The unification secured by abstractive theories, though real, is fairly weak. The unification becomes stronger if the theory contains a law of the special sort called a “composition law”.1 The idea of the composition law is the second crucial idea in what we called the first step of theoretical unification, that of uniting all process laws in a given area into a single theory. We may call this idea that of unification by a composition law.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of TorontoCanada

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