Thinking about Non-Universal Laws: Introduction to the Special Issue Ceteris Paribus Laws Revisited

Erkenntnis 79 (S10):1703-1713 (2014)
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What are ceteris paribus laws? Which disciplines appeal to cp laws and which semantics, metaphysical underpinning, and epistemological dimensions do cp law statements have? Firstly, we give a short overview of the recent discussion on cp laws, which addresses these questions. Secondly, we suggest that given the rich and diverse literature on cp laws a broad conception of cp laws should be endorsed which takes into account the different ways in which laws can be non-universal . Finally, we provide an overview of the special issue on that basis and describe the individual contributions to the special issue according to the issues they address: the range of applications of cp laws as well as the semantics, metaphysics, and epistemology pertaining to cp law statements

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Matthias Unterhuber
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Alexander Reutlinger
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München

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