Acta Analytica 27 (3):247-264 (2012)

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Vassilis Livanios
University of Cyprus
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After defending the ontologically genuine existence of at least some of the actual nomic relations, I discuss some issues concerning their metaphysical features. I firstly argue in favour of the metaphysical contingency of nomic relations and then I suggest that their relata-specificity is the most plausible metaphysical view that guarantees the unity of facts that the laws of nature are. Finally, I present a novel account according to which some of the actual nomic relations are neither external nor external but contingently possess a kind of hybrid character
Keywords Nomic relations  Contingency  Relata-specificity  Hybrid external founded relations
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