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The metaphysics of ceteris paribus laws

Author: Markus A Schrenk
Publisher: Frankfurt : Ontos Verlag, 2007.
Series: Philosophische Analyse, Bd. 16.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Universality is not sufficient to distinguish laws of nature from accidental regularities. A multitude of additional defining features have been suggested. Yet, once it is acknowledged that exceptionless universality is not the only criterion for lawhood it is possible to start questioning whether it is necessary. Markus Schrenk's The Metaphysics of Ceteris Paribus Laws takes this bold step and it's provocative  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Schrenk, Markus A.
Metaphysics of Ceteris Paribus Laws.
Berlin : De Gruyter, ©2007
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Markus A Schrenk
ISBN: 9783110326956 3110326957 3110326620 9783110326628
OCLC Number: 854569274
Description: 1 online resource (192 pages).
Contents: pt. 1. Two distinctions --
pt. 2. Fundamental laws --
pt. 3. Non-fundamental laws.
Series Title: Philosophische Analyse, Bd. 16.
Responsibility: Markus Schrenk.

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Universality is not sufficient to distinguish laws of nature from accidental regularities. A multitude of additional defining features have been suggested. Yet, once it is acknowledged that exceptionless universality is not the only criterion for lawhood it is possible to start questioning whether it is necessary. Markus Schrenk's The Metaphysics of Ceteris Paribus Laws takes this bold step and it's provocative conclusion is that existing theories - especially David Lewis's and David Armstrong's - are, in fact, strong enough to guarantee lawhood even if there are instances that do not conform.

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