Laws of Nature

Laws of Nature

by John W. Carroll
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521064139

ISBN-13: 9780521064132

Pub. Date: 06/05/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

John Carroll undertakes a careful philosophical examination of laws of nature, causation, and other related topics. He argues that laws of nature are not susceptible to the sort of philosophical treatment preferred by empiricists. Indeed he shows that empirically pure matters of fact need not even determine what the laws are. Similar, even stronger, conclusions are

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John Carroll undertakes a careful philosophical examination of laws of nature, causation, and other related topics. He argues that laws of nature are not susceptible to the sort of philosophical treatment preferred by empiricists. Indeed he shows that empirically pure matters of fact need not even determine what the laws are. Similar, even stronger, conclusions are drawn about causation. Replacing the traditional view of laws and causation requiring some kind of foundational legitimacy, the author argues that these phenomena are inextricably intertwined with everything else.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521064132
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/05/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Centrality; 2. Humean analyses; 3. Humean supervenience; 4. A realist perspective; 5. Causation; 6. The limits of inquiry; Appendix A: nomic platonism; Appendix B: defending (SC); References; Index.

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