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Nature's Metaphysics: Laws and Properties

Alexander Bird


What are the laws of nature, and what explains their existence? This book develops the proposal that the laws of nature are grounded in the essences of properties. It is argued that fundamental natural properties have dispositional essences — they are potencies (pure powers). After explaining this proposal, the book goes on to show how this accounts for the existence of the laws of nature. A distinctive feature of this account is that it ensures that the laws of nature are metaphysically necessary. This account has advantages over the regularity and nomic necessitation accounts associated with ... More

Keywords: laws of nature, properties, dispositions, metaphysics, essentialism, necessity, powers, potency, Armstrong, Lewis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199227013
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227013.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Bird, author
University of Bristol
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