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  • Reductionism
    • Introduction
      • aim to take a theory or phenomenon and make it reducible to some other theory
      • Reductive process- the theory of heat=branch of Newtonian Mechanics physical optics=electromagnetic theory
        • Everything therefore reduced to physics
      • I will be analysing the claim that some sciences are more fundamental than others.
        • Presenting critique by Feyerabend- concluding sciences cannot be reduced to physics
    • Nagels argument
      • reduction achieved when experimental laws of secondary science are shown to be logical consequences of the primary science
      • Theory TR reduces to theory TB if TR is derivable from TB with the possible help of bridge laws

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