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Across the BoundariesExtrapolation in Biology and Social Science$
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Daniel Steel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331448

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331448.001.0001

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Ceteris Paribus and Extrapolation

Ceteris Paribus and Extrapolation

(p.101) 6 Ceteris Paribus and Extrapolation
Across the Boundaries

Daniel P. Steel (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter further develops the mechanisms approach to extrapolation begun in chapter 5 and explores its relevance to the hotly debated issue of ceteris paribus laws. It argues that the difficulties that beset the most problematic type of ceteris paribus law vanish if “ceteris paribus” is interpreted as indicating an inference schema concerning extrapolation rather than as qualifying a universally quantified generalization.

Keywords:   ceteris paribus laws, determinism, extrapolation

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