Laws and Symmetry

Oxford University Press (1989)
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Metaphysicians speak of laws of nature in terms of necessity and universality; scientists, in terms of symmetry and invariance. In this book van Fraassen argues that no metaphysical account of laws can succeed. He analyzes and rejects the arguments that there are laws of nature, or that we must believe there are, and argues that we should disregard the idea of law as an adequate clue to science. After exploring what this means for general epistemology, the author develops the empiricist view of science as a construction of models to represent the phenomena.
Keywords Philosophy of nature  Necessity (Philosophy  Symmetry  Philosophy and science
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Call number BD581.V27 1989
ISBN(s) 0198248601   0198248113  
DOI 10.2307/2185907
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