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Barry Loewer
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
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My primary focus in this paper is on an objection to Humean account of laws and specifically to David Lewis’ “best systems analysis”. The objection is that the laws according to the BSA fail to account for the ability of laws to explain. In contrast governing laws are alleged to account for the role of laws in scientific explanations by virtue of their governing role. If governing is required for laws to be explanatory then Humean accounts like Lewis’ are dead in the water since explanation is central to the role of laws in the sciences. However, I will argue that there are effective rebuttals to arguments that Humean laws don’t explain and that actually it is governing accounts that have difficulty with explanation.
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