Humean laws and explanation

Philosophical Studies 172 (12):3145-3165 (2015)
A common objection to Humeanism about natural laws is that, given Humeanism, laws cannot help explain their instances, since, given the best Humean account of laws, facts about laws are explained by facts about their instances rather than vice versa. After rejecting a recent influential reply to this objection that appeals to the distinction between scientific and metaphysical explanation, I will argue that the objection fails by failing to distinguish between two types of facts, only one of which Humeans should regard as laws. I will then conclude by rebutting a variant of this objection that appeals to a principle of metaphysical explanation recently put forward by Kit Fine
Keywords Humeanism  Laws  Explanation  Grounding  Kit Fine  David Lewis
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-015-0462-9
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