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A Modest Proposal Concerning Laws, Counterfactuals, and Explanations

Tim Maudlin

in The Metaphysics Within Physics

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218219
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191711596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218219.003.0002
 A Modest Proposal Concerning Laws, Counterfactuals, and Explanations

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This chapter outlines the systematic connections between beliefs about laws of nature and a small assortment of other beliefs. The examination has been carried out predominantly in what may be called a conceptual model, focusing on inferences so as to sidestep the problem of ontological commitment. This may be likened to examining John's tacit theory of knowledge without affirming whether or not anyone has any knowledge, whether there is any such thing.

Keywords: beliefs; laws of nature; conceptual model; theory of knowledge

Chapter.  20701 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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