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.
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.