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Physical Modality, Laws and Counterfactuals

Woodward, James (2017) Physical Modality, Laws and Counterfactuals. [Preprint]

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Standard philosophical accounts attempt to understand physical modality either in terms of special metaphysical entities and relationships (“relations between universals”, “powers”, “dispositions”) or in terms of the organization of non-modal information, as in Best Systems Analysis. This paper defends an alternative to both these approaches in which invariance and various independence conditions play a central role. The methodological importance of separating law-claims from claims about initial and boundary conditions is highlighted

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: This paper is forthcoming in Synthese
Keywords: Laws, Counterfactuals, Invariance
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
Depositing User: Jim Woodward
Date Deposited: 25 Dec 2018 21:40
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2018 21:40
Item ID: 15469
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Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
Date: 1 April 2017

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