Marc Lange: Natural Laws in Scientific Practice [Book Review]

Philosophy of Science 71 (2):222-224 (2004)

Joshua Alexander
Siena College
What is a law of nature? Traditionally, philosophical discussion of this question has been dominated by two prominent alternatives; David Lewis’s best-systems analysis, according to which a law is a regularity that serves as a theorem in our best axiomatization of the facts about the world, and the Dretske-Armstrong-Tooley analysis, which incorporates universals to distinguish laws from mere accidental generalizations. Marc Lange’s first book presents a provocative alternative to this tradition, providing a novel treatment of natural laws that should be of interest to those philosophers concerned with the analysis of lawhood, physical necessity, causation, inductive confirmation, counterfactual analysis, and explanation.
Keywords counterfactual stability  deflationary account of laws
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DOI 10.1086/381420
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