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What Price Changing Laws of Nature?

Sartenaer, Olivier and Guay, Alexandre and Humphreys, Paul (2020) What Price Changing Laws of Nature? [Preprint]

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Abstract

In this paper, we show that it is not a conceptual truth about laws of nature that they are
immutable (though we are happy to leave it as an open empirical question whether they do
actually change once in a while). In order to do so, we survey three popular accounts of lawhood
—(Armstrong-style) necessitarianism, (Bird-style) dispositionalism and (Lewis-style) ‘best system
analysis’—and expose the extent, as well as the philosophical cost, of the amendments that
should be enforced in order to leave room for the possibility of changing laws.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Sartenaer, Olivierolivier.sartenaer@uclouvain.be
Guay, Alexandrealexandre.guay@uclouvain.ne
Humphreys, Paulpwh2a@virginia.edu
Additional Information: Forthcoming in the European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
Depositing User: Alexandre Guay
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2020 22:56
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2020 22:56
Item ID: 18127
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
Date: 21 September 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18127

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