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Tyler Hildebrand
Dalhousie University
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The necessitarian solution to the problem of induction involves two claims: first, that necessary connections are justified by an inference to the best explanation; second, that the best theory of necessary connections entails the timeless uniformity of nature. In this paper, I defend the second claim. My arguments are based on considerations from the metaphysics of laws, properties, and fundamentality.
Keywords Induction  Laws of nature  Natural properties  Universals
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DOI 10.1111/phpr.12351
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