JoLMA The Journal for the Philosophy of Language, Mind and the Arts

Rivista | JoLMA
Fascicolo monografico | 1 | 1 | 2020
Articolo | Laws, Exceptions and Dispositions

Laws, Exceptions and Dispositions


Can laws of nature be universal regularities and nevertheless have exceptions? Several answers to this question, in particular the thesis that there are no laws outside of fundamental physics, are examined and rejected. It is suggested that one can account for exceptions by conceiving of laws as strictly universal determination relations between (instances of) properties. When a natural property is instantiated, laws of nature give rise to other, typically dispositional properties. In exceptional situations, such properties manifest themselves either in an unusual way or not at all.

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Pubblicato 30 Giugno 2020 | Lingua: en

Keywords ExceptionProvisoLaw of natureDispositionCeteris paribus

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