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Fine-tuning and Humean Laws: Fine-tuning as argument for a non-governing account of laws rather than for God or multiverse

Halpin, John F. (2022) Fine-tuning and Humean Laws: Fine-tuning as argument for a non-governing account of laws rather than for God or multiverse. [Preprint]

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Many physics parameters need to be precisely set in order for life to exist in our universe. Or so says the fine-tuning argument. That the actual values are just right for
life, the argument concludes, is a fact in need of deep physical or metaphysical explanation. Perhaps, the story goes, the parameter values settings are a matter of
divine design. Or perhaps they result from a selection effect given our place in the “multiverse”. However, a very different approach to the problem is possible. One may
argue that the fine-tuning is an artefact of theorizing: it is explicable as the precise balancing act necessary for compact, systematic representation in science. Given such
an explanation and drawing on earlier work from a number of sources, this essay shows how fine-tuning is best understood as evidence for a non-governing conception of laws rather than for design or multiverse.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Halpin, John F.halpin@oakland.edu0000-0002-7025-495X
Keywords: Best-System Account; Humeanism; fine-tuning; PBSA
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Dr. John F. Halpin
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2022 18:11
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2022 18:11
Item ID: 20499
Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: 21 April 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20499

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