Canadian Journal of Philosophy 32 (4):511-42 (2002)
Debates concerning the analysis of the concept of law of nature must address the following problem. On the one hand, our grasp of laws of nature is via our knowledge of their instances. And this seems not only an epistemological truth but also a semantic one. The concept of a law of nature must be explicated in terms of the things that instantiate the law. It is not simply that a piece of metal that conducts electricity is evidence for a law that metals conduct electricity. It is also the case that to explicate what it is for there to be such a law requires, and requires little more than, alluding to the fact that the piece of metal conducting electricity is an instance of that law. This is the driving intuition behind regularity theories of laws — to understand the concept ‘law,’ as in ‘it is a law that metals conduct electricity’ one need only understand little more than what it is for something to be a metal and to conduct electricity and the concept of universal generalization. On this view a law just is a regularity (or some kind of regularity) among its instances.
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
Citations of this work BETA
The Ultimate Argument Against Armstrong's Contingent Necessitation View of Laws.Alexander Bird - 2005 - Analysis 65 (286):147-55.
Similar books and articles
The Laws of War.Jeff McMahan - 2010 - In Samantha Besson & John Tasioulas (eds.), The Philosophy of International Law. Oxford University Press.
Are Laws of Nature and Scientific Theories Peculiar in Chemistry? Scrutinizing Mendeleev's Discovery.R. Vihalemm - 2003 - Foundations of Chemistry 5 (1):7-22.
The Epistemological Argument Against Lewis's Regularity View of Laws.Alexander Bird - 2008 - Philosophical Studies 138 (1):73–89.
Unexpected a Posteriori Necessary Laws of Nature.Alexander Bird - 2005 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 83 (4):533 – 548.
Nailed to Hume's Cross?John Carroll - 2008 - In Theodore Sider, John Hawthorne & Dean W. Zimmerman (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics. Blackwell. pp. 67--81.
Nomological and Transcendental Criteria for Scientific Laws.Predrag Šustar - 2005 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 5 (3):533-544.
A Commentary and Review of Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws: Prepared for Press From the Original.de Tracy Destutt & Claude Antoine Louis - 1811 - Lawbook Exchange.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads170 ( #25,292 of 2,146,891 )
Recent downloads (6 months)11 ( #70,765 of 2,146,891 )
How can I increase my downloads?
There are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.