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Laws In Nature / Edition 1
     

Laws In Nature / Edition 1

by Stephen Mumford
 

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ISBN-10: 0415311284

ISBN-13: 9780415311281

Pub. Date: 07/22/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Mumford outlines a major new theory of natural laws. His book begins with the question of whether there are any genuinely law-like phenomena in nature. The discussion addresses questions currently being debated by metaphysicians such as whether the laws of nature are necessary or contingent and whether a property can be identified independently of its causal role.

Overview

Mumford outlines a major new theory of natural laws. His book begins with the question of whether there are any genuinely law-like phenomena in nature. The discussion addresses questions currently being debated by metaphysicians such as whether the laws of nature are necessary or contingent and whether a property can be identified independently of its causal role.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415311281
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/22/2004
Series:
Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Laws in Science and Philosophy Part One: Humean Lawlessness 2. The Lawless World 3. Regularities and Best Systems 4. Hume's Argument Part Two: Nomological Realism 5. The Nomological Argument 6. Natural Necessitation Relations 7. Necessitarian Essentialism Part Three: Realist Lawlessness 8. Are Natural Laws a Natural Kind 9. The Central Dilemma 10. Modal Properties 11. Objections and Replies 12. Conclusion: Law and Metaphor

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