The Scenario without Laws

John Foster

in The Divine Lawmaker

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780199250592
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600913 | DOI:
 The Scenario without Laws

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Let us consider how things would stand if we were forced to abandon the notion of a law of nature as incoherent. As well as having to abandon NES, we would have to look for a different–for a nonnomological–way of accounting for the presence of natural regularities. Some natural regularities can be explained in terms of others. But once we get down to the level of the basic regularities–those that cannot be explained in terms of others–there is no plausible way of accounting for them in natural terms. Rather, the only explanatory approach with any prospect of acceptability is to suppose that the basic regularities are deliberately brought about by some supernatural personal agent or group of agents. This is what I call the personal‐agency approach.

Keywords: basic; explanatory; incoherent; law of nature; personal‐agency approach; personal agent; regularities; supernatural

Chapter.  7582 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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