The Necessity of Nature

Midwest Studies in Philosophy 11 (1):215-242 (1986)
This paper lays out the main contours of an objectivistic account of natural necessity that locates its source within natural substances themselves. The key claims are that what occurs by a necessity of nature constitutes the culmination of deterministic natural tendencies and that these tendencies are themselves rooted in the natures or essences of natural substances. The paper concludes by discussing the notion of a law of nature as it emerges on this account.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1475-4975.1986.tb00495.x
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