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Readings on Laws of Nature / Edition 1

Readings on Laws of Nature / Edition 1

by John W. Carroll


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As a subject of inquiry, laws of nature exist in the overlap between metaphysics and the philosophy of science. Over the past three decades, this area of study has become increasingly central to the philosophy of science. It also has relevance to a variety of topics in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and epistemology.

Readings on Laws of Nature is the first anthology to offer a contemporary history of the problem of laws. The book is organized around three key issues: the matter of distinguishing laws from mere correlations, questions concerning inductive reasoning and laws, and the consideration of whether there are any true laws in science.

Designed for class use, the anthology covers a remarkably broad range of views and concerns, and consists exclusively of articles that have proved highly influential in the field. Readings on Laws of Nature will also serve as a valuable research and reference tool for philosophers who do not specialize in the subject, but who have occasion to examine concepts relating to the laws of nature in their own work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822958529
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 08/15/2004
Edition description: 1
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John W. Carroll, author of Laws of Nature, is associate professor of philosophy at North Carolina State University.

Table of Contents

1.Laws of Nature16
2.The Nature of Laws38
3.Do the Laws of Physics State the Facts?71
4.Confirmation and the Nomological84
5.Induction, Explanation, and Natural Necessity98
6.Armstrong on Laws and Probabilities112
7.Confirmation and Law-likeness135
8.The World as One of a Kind: Natural Necessity and Laws of Nature141
9.Natural Laws and the Problem of Provisos161
10.Humean Supervenience176
11.Ceteris Paribus, There Is No Problem of Provisos207
12.The Non-Governing Conception of Laws of Nature250
Selected Bibliography277

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