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Laws of Nature : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy - John W. Carroll

Laws of Nature

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 22nd December 2003
ISBN: 9780521433341
Number Of Pages: 216

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John Carroll undertakes a careful philosophical examination of laws of nature, causation, and other related topics. He argues that laws of nature are not susceptible to the sort of philosophical treatment preferred by empiricists. Indeed he shows that empirically pure matters of fact need not even determine what the laws are. Similar, even stronger, conclusions are drawn about causation. Replacing the traditional view of laws and causation requiring some kind of foundational legitimacy, the author argues that these phenomena are inextricably intertwined with everything else.

"...up-to-date, accurate, and incisive, and it is presented with exemplary clarity and care. The combination of these virtues make this book at once one the finest and most sophisticated contributions to the literature on laws, and a valuable place for the newcomer to begin...this book presents ingenious and forceful arguments against the reigning reductive approach to laws, and its antirealist fallback. And these same arguments also motivate an alternative, more robustly realist account of the semantics and epistemology of laws of the kind Carroll has himself begun to trace out." Mind "[Carroll]...has an impressive grasp of the literature and many things to say that specialists will find stimulating and important...his lively, unpretentious style makes the book a splendid introduction to the topics of laws and causation." The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science "Anyone who is interested in the metaphysics of laws of nature should find Carroll's book stimulating and worthwhile." Michael Tooley, The Philosophical Review

Acknowledgements
Centrality
Humean analyses
Humean supervenience
A realist perspective
Causation
The limits of inquiry
nomic platonism
defending (SC)
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521433341
ISBN-10: 0521433347
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 22nd December 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.4