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|Additional Physical Format:||Print version:
Lange, Marc, 1963-
Laws and lawmakers.
New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009
|Material Type:||Document, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
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|ISBN:||9780199745036 019974503X 0195328132 9780195328134|
|Description:||1 online resource (xviii, 257 pages) : illustrations|
|Contents:||1 Laws Form Counterfactually Stable Sets; 1.1 Welcome; 1.2 Their Necessity Sets the Laws Apart; 1.3 The Laws' Persistence under Counterfactuals; 1.4 Nomic Preservation; 1.5 Beyond Nomic Preservation; 1.6 A Host of Related Problems: Triviality, Circularity, Arbitrariness; 1.7 Sub-nomic Stability; 1.8 No Nonmaximal Set Containing Accidents Possesses Sub-nomic Stability; 1.9 How Two Sub-nomically Stable Sets Must Be Related: Multiple Strata of Natural Laws; 1.10 Why the Laws Would Still Have Been Laws; 1.11 Conclusion: Laws Form Stable Sets; 2 Natural Necessity 2.1 What It Would Take to Understand Natural Necessity2.2 The Euthyphro Question; 2.3 David Lewis's "Best System Account"; 2.4 Lewis's Account and the Laws' Supervenience; 2.5 The Euthyphro Question Returns; 2.6 Are All Relative Necessities Created Equal?; 2.7 The Modality Principle; 2.8 A Proposal for Distinguishing Genuine from Merely Relative Modalities; 2.9 Borrowing a Strategy from Chapter 1; 2.10 Necessity as Maximal Invariance; 2.11 The Laws Form a System; 2.12 Scientific Essentialism Squashes the Pyramid; 2.13 Why There Is a Natural Ordering of the Genuine Modalities 2.14 Conclusion: Necessity, as Maximal Invariance, Involves Stability3 Three Payoffs of My Account; 3.1 The Itinerary; 3.2 Could the Laws of Nature Change?; 3.3 Why the Laws Are Immutable; 3.4 Symmetry Principles as Meta-laws; 3.5 The Symmetry Meta-laws Form a Nomically Stable Set; 3.6 The Relation between Chancy Facts and Deterministic Laws; 3.7 How to Account for the Relation; 4 A World of Subjunctives; 4.1 What If the Lawmakers Were Subjunctive Facts?; 4.2 The Lawmaker's Regress; 4.3 Stability; 4.4 Avoiding Adhocery; 4.5 Instantaneous Rates of Change and the Causal Explanation Problem 4.6 Et in Arcadia Ego4.7 The Rule of Law; 4.8 Why the Laws Must Be Complete; 4.9 Envoi: Am I Cheating?; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z|
|Other Titles:||Laws & lawmakers|
Marc Lange takes a refreshingly open-minded and original approach to laws of nature... highly recommended to all philosophers of science who are interested in laws of nature and neighbouring topics.