The metaphysics of laws: dispositionalism vs. primitivism

In T. Bigaj & C. Wutrich (eds.), Metaphysics and Science. Poznan Studies (2014)

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Michael Esfeld
University of Lausanne
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The paper compares dispositionalism about laws of nature with primitivism. It argues that while the distinction between these two positions can be drawn in a clear-cut manner in classical mechanics, it is less clear in quantum mechanics, due to quantum non-locality. Nonetheless, the paper points out advantages for dispositionalism in comparison to primitivism also in the area of quantum mechanics, and of contemporary physics in general
Keywords laws of nature,  dispositionalism,  quantum mechanics   classical mechanics,  Humeanism
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