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What is a law of nature?

Responsibility D.M. Armstrong
Series Cambridge studies in philosophy
Material Type Book
Edition 1st paperback ed
Publisher Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press
Year 1985, c1983
Language English
Size x, 180 p. ; 22 cm
Abstract This is a study of a crucial and controversial topic in metaphysics and the philosophy of science: the status of the laws of nature. D. M. Armstrong works out clearly and in comprehensive detail a lar...ely original view that laws are relations between properties or universals. The theory is continuous with the views on universals and more generally with the scientific realism that Professor Armstrong has advanced in earlier publications. He begins here by mounting an attack on the orthodox and sceptical view deriving from Hume that laws assert no more than a regularity of coincidence between instances of properties. In doing so he presents what may become the definitive statement of the case against this position. Professor Armstrong then goes on to establish his own theory in a systematic manner defending it against the most likely objections, and extending both it and the related theory of universals to cover functional and statistical laws. This treatment of the subject is refreshingly concise and vivid: it will both stimulate vigorous professional debate and make an excellent student text. show more


: pbk Central Library 4A 010212014000656 321.1/A 79 2003
: pbk Central Library 4B 068582187021922 321.1/A 79/1A 1985

Bibliographic details

Notes Bibliography: p. 174-176
Includes index
Authors *Armstrong, D. M. (David Malet), 1926-
Subjects LCSH:Philosophy of nature
Classification LCC:BD581
ID 1000098199
ISBN 052131481X
NCID BA10675834
Vol : pbk ; ISBN:052131481X
Created Date 2009.09.10
Modified Date 2014.08.07

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