A priori causal laws


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Darren Bradley
University of Leeds
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Sober and Elgin defend the claim that there are a priori causal laws in biology. Lange and Rosenberg take issue with this on Humean grounds, among others. I will argue that Sober and Elgin don’t go far enough – there are a priori causal laws in many sciences. Furthermore, I will argue that this thesis is compatible with a Humean metaphysics and an empiricist epistemology.
Keywords laws  a priori  fitness
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DOI 10.1080/0020174X.2016.1175378
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