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What Is a Law of Nature?

(Cambridge Philosophy Classics)

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This is a study of a crucial and controversial topic in metaphysics and the philosophy of science: the status of the laws of nature. D. M. Armstrong works out clearly and in comprehensive detail a largely original view that laws are relations between properties or universals. The theory is continuous with the views on universals and more generally with the scientific reali ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published June 30th 1985 by Cambridge University Press (first published November 17th 1983)
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Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A classic. There was a lot in here that I found quite interesting. It's nice to see a governing theory so well worked out (even if the necessitation relation is still a bit mysterious). Armstrong's higher-order laws (especially those that ground counterfactuals for uninstantiated laws) were particularly interesting. ...more
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David Malet Armstrong (born 8 July 1926), often D. M. Armstrong, is an Australian philosopher. He is well-known for his work on metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, and for his defence of a factualist ontology, a functionalist theory of the mind, an externalist epistemology, and a necessitarian conception of the laws of nature. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of ...more

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