Nancy Cartwright

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  • Birth

    Born in Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Science

    Cartwright earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D

    Cartwright earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. Her thesis was on the concept of mixture in quantum mechanics.
  • Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University

    Cartwright became a Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University where she specialised in philosophy of physics(1) and natural sciences.(2)
    She ended this job in 1989.
  • 1983 Published How the laws of physics lie

    1983 Published How the laws of physics lie
    In this sequence of philosophical essays about natural science, Cartwright argues that fundamental explanatory laws, the deepest and most admired successes of modern physics, do not in fact describe regularities that exist in nature. Cartwright draws from many real-life examples to propound a novel distinction: that theoretical entities, and the complex and localized laws that describe them, can be interpreted realistically, but the simple unifying laws of basic theory cannot.(8)
  • Married with children

    Married with children
    Married Sir Stuart Hampshire(he passed in 2004) They have two daughters, Emily Ellsworth Hampshire Cartwright and Sophie Hampshire Cartwright and two granddaughters, Lucy EC Charlton and Tabitha Cartwright Spray.(2)
  • Professor of Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London

  • Published Nature’s capacities and their measurement

    Published Nature’s capacities and their measurement
    In this book Cartwright argues that capacities are essential in our scientific world, and, contrary to empiricist orthodoxy, that they can meet sufficiently strict demands for testability. Econometrics is one discipline where probabilities are used to measure causal capacities, and the technology of modern physics provides several examples of testing capacities. (8)
  • Professor of Philosophy, London School of Economics

    Cartwright became a Professor of Philosophy at theLondon School of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, where she specialised in philosophy and methodology of the social sciences with special attention to economics.(2) She ended this job in 2012.
  • Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego

  • Published The dappled world: a study of the boundaries of science

    Published The dappled world: a study of the boundaries of science
    Combining classic and newly written essays on physics and economics, The Dappled World carries important philosophical consequences and offers serious lessons for both the natural and the social sciences.(8) Cartwright, N. (1999). The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Represented as a Fathom Internet Story. Also translated to Chinese; published by the Shanghai Scientific & Technological Education Publishing House. (3)
  • Published Hunting Causes and Using Them: Approaches in Philosophy and Economics

    Published Hunting Causes and Using Them: Approaches in Philosophy and Economics
    This book argues that causation is not one thing, but many. Cartwright provides a critical survey of philosophical and economic literature on causality, with a special focus on the currently fashionable Bayes-nets and invariance methods. Almost every account treats either exclusively how to hunt causes or how to use them. But where is the bridge between? It's no good knowing how to warrant a causal claim if we don't know what we can do with that claim once we have it.(8)
  • president of the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association

    The American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry. (5) Ended in 2009.
  • president of the Philosophy of Science Association

    Founded in 1933, the PSA engages in activities such as the publishing of periodicals, essays and monographs in the field of the philosophy of science; sponsoring conventions and meetings; and the awarding of prizes for distinguished work in the field. In 2012, it began presenting the Hempel Award, named for the eminent 20th-century philosopher of science Carl Gustav Hempel, for lifetime achievement in the philosophy of science. (4) Ended in 2010.
  • Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Durham University

    Her current research focusses on objectivity and evidence, especially for evidence-based policy.(2) Her research interests include philosophy and history of science. Cartwright has worked extensively in modelling, causal inference, causal powers, and objectivity, evidence, especially for evidence-based policy and the philosophy of social technology. Her current work, for the project ‘Knowledge for Use’ [K4U], investigates how to use scientific research results for better policies.
  • Published Evidence Based Policy: A Practical Guide to Doing it Better

    Published Evidence Based Policy: A Practical Guide to Doing it Better
    In Evidence-Based Policy, Cartwright and Jeremy Hardie, explain that the dominant methods which are in use now--broadly speaking, methods that imitate standard practices in medicine like randomized control trials--do not work. They fail, Cartwright and Hardie contend, because they do not enhance our ability to predict if policies will be effective.(8)
  • Predicting what will happen when we intervene

    Cartwright gave a presentation: Predicting what will happen when we intervene at the University of Edinburgh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIU6GuHW-qM
  • Published Improving Child Safety: deliberation, judgement and empirical research

    Munro E., Cartwright N., Hardie J. & Montuschi E. (2017) Improving Child Safety: deliberation, judgement and empirical research
  • Carl Gustav Hempel Award

    Cartwright was presented with the Carl Gustav Hempel Award by Professor Alison Wylie, recognising lifetime scholarly achievement in the philosophy of science. Presented at PSA2018: The 26th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (2)
  • elected president of Division for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology

    Elected president for 2020-2023 The objectives of the association are:
    1. to promote contacts among logicians, philosophers of science and Technology and scientists interested in the foundational problems of their disciplines, and among institutions dedicated to logic, methodology, and philosophy of science and technology;
    2. to encourage and sustain research and study of important problems in logic, methodology, and philosophy of science and technology;..... (not enough room)
    (6)
  • Laughlin creates a Cartwright timeline

  • Second half of refrences