Minimal Anti-Humeanism

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95 (3):447-460 (2017)
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Harjit Bhogal
University of Maryland, College Park
Abstract
There is a tension in our theorizing about laws of nature: our practice of using and reasoning with laws of nature suggests that laws are universal generalizations, but if laws are universal generalizations then we face the problem of explanatory circularity. In this paper I elucidate this tension and show how it motivates a view of laws that I call Minimal Anti-Humeanism. This view says that the laws are the universal generalizations that are not grounded in their instances. I argue that this view has a variety of advantages that could make it attractive to people with both Humean and anti-Humean inclinations.
Keywords Laws of Nature  Anti-Humeanism  Explanation  Grounding
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DOI 10.1080/00048402.2016.1241289
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