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The Devil in the DetailsAsymptotic Reasoning in Explanation, Reduction, and Emergence$
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Robert W. Batterman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195146479

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195146476.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
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The Devil in the Details
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Robert W. Batterman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195146476.003.0001

This chapter introduces a number of key concepts that are important throughout the book. It offers an informal discussion of the nature of universality; an important, related, distinction between types of explanatory why‐questions; and a distinction between kinds of potential reductive relations between theories. I provide a broad overview of the role asymptotic reasoning plays in the proper understanding of explanation, reduction, and emergence.

Keywords:   asymptotic reasoning, emergence, explanation, reduction, regular limits, singular limits

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