David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy of Science 71 (5):719-729 (2004)
The initial part of this paper explores and rejects three standard views of how scientific laws might be systematically connected with physical necessity or possibility. The first concerns laws and their consequences, the second concerns the so‐called counterfactual connection, and the third concerns a possible worlds construction of physical necessity. The remaining part introduces a neglected notion of possibility, and, with the aid of some examples, illustrates the special way in which laws reduce or narrow down possibilities.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Alice Drewery (2005). Essentialism and the Necessity of the Laws of Nature. Synthese 144 (3):381-396.
Mehmet Elgin (2003). Biology and A Priori Laws. Philosophy of Science 70 (5):1380-1389.
David Hodgson (2001). Constraint, Empowerment, and Guidance: A Conjectural Classification of Laws of Nature. Philosophy 76 (3):341-370.
Matthew J. Donald, Finitary and Infinitary Mathematics, the Possibility of Possibilities and the Definition of Probabilities.
Barry Ward (2007). Laws, Explanation, Governing, and Generation. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 85 (4):537 – 552.
Jens Harbecke (2011). Mind in a Humean World. Metaphysica 12 (2):213-229.
Marc Lange (2000). Natural Laws in Scientific Practice. Oxford University Press.
Gerhard Schurz (2002). Ceteris Paribus Laws: Classification and Deconstruction. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 57 (3):351Ð372.
Andreas Hüttemann (1998). Laws and Dispositions. Philosophy of Science 65 (1):121-135.
Marc Lange (2005). Laws and Their Stability. Synthese 144 (3):415Ð432.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads10 ( #154,022 of 1,101,815 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #306,516 of 1,101,815 )
How can I increase my downloads?