David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford University Press (1989)
Metaphysicians speak of laws of nature in terms of necessity and universality; scientists, in terms of symmetry and invariance. In this book van Fraassen argues that no metaphysical account of laws can succeed. He analyzes and rejects the arguments that there are laws of nature, or that we must believe there are, and argues that we should disregard the idea of law as an adequate clue to science. After exploring what this means for general epistemology, the author develops the empiricist view of science as a construction of models to represent the phenomena.
|Keywords||Philosophy of nature Necessity (Philosophy Symmetry Philosophy and science|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$16.16 used (77% off) $47.28 new (33% off) $47.49 direct from Amazon (33% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||BD581.V27 1989|
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
Christopher J. G. Meacham (2010). Contemporary Approaches to Statistical Mechanical Probabilities: A Critical Commentary - Part I: The Indifference Approach. Philosophy Compass 5 (12):1116-1126.
Ruth Weintraub (2013). Induction and Inference to the Best Explanation. Philosophical Studies 166 (1):203-216.
Christopher J. G. Meacham (2010). Contemporary Approaches to Statistical Mechanical Probabilities: A Critical Commentary - Part II: The Regularity Approach. Philosophy Compass 5 (12):1127-1136.
Yemima Ben-Menahem (1990). The Inference to the Best Explanation. Erkenntnis 33 (3):319-44.
James Kreines (2009). Kant on the Laws of Nature: Laws, Necessitation, and the Limitation of Our Knowledge. European Journal of Philosophy 17 (4):527-558.
Similar books and articles
John Earman (2004). Laws, Symmetry, and Symmetry Breaking: Invariance, Conservation Principles, and Objectivity. Philosophy of Science 71 (5):1227-1241.
P. Kosso (1999). Symmetry Arguments in Physics. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 30 (3):479-492.
Joel M. Smith (1993). Book Review:Laws and Symmetry Bas C. Van Fraassen. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 60 (4):661-.
Review author[S.]: John Earman (1993). In Defense of Laws: Reflections on Bas Van Fraassen's Laws and Symmetry. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (2):413-419.
Marc Lange (2009). Laws and Lawmakers: Science, Metaphysics, and the Laws of Nature. Oxford University Press.
Review author[S.]: Bas C. van Fraassen (1993). Précis of Laws and Symmetry. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (2):411-412.
Bas C. Van Fraassen (1993). Précis of Laws and Symmetry. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (2):411 - 412.
Review author[S.]: Bas C. van Fraassen (1993). Armstrong, Cartwright, and Earman on Laws and Symmetry. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (2):431-444.
John Earman (2004). Laws, Symmetry, and Symmetry Breaking: Invariance, Conservation Principles, and Objectivity. Philosophy of Science 71 (5):1227--1241.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads145 ( #6,298 of 1,102,113 )
Recent downloads (6 months)21 ( #9,905 of 1,102,113 )
How can I increase my downloads?