Laws in Nature

Laws in Nature

by Stephen Mumford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415407826

ISBN-13: 9780415407823

Pub. Date: 09/01/2004

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:
9780415407823
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Series:
Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.52(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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