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The Law-Governed Universe

John T. Roberts


This book articulates and defends a new philosophical account of laws of nature. According to this account, lawhood is a meta‐theoretic notion: the primary concept is that of a law of a particular scientific theory; to call something a law of nature is to call it a law of whatever true theory is salient in the context. The laws of a scientific theory are the regularities implied by that theory that collectively guarantee the reliability of the empirical methods of measurement and observation that are legitimate according to that theory. Though surprising, this account of lawhood turns out to h ... More

Keywords: laws of nature, laws, scientific theories, Humean Supervenience, Humeanism, counterfactuals, necessity, governing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199557707
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557707.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John T. Roberts, author
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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