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Author Steiner, John Michael
Title The nature of scientific laws
book jacket
Descript 112 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 46-03, page: 1261
Thesis (M.A.)--University of Calgary (Canada), 2007
The nature of scientific laws is one of several prominent issues in philosophy of science. The purpose of this thesis is to highlight a particular view of laws, called Necessitarianism, and illustrate how it heavily relies on a particular class of statements for motivation. More specifically, it crucially relies on true yet accidental universal generalizations. It will then be argued that such generalizations, on the basis of the Necessitarian view of induction, are not available for employment in the Necessitarian arguments. It is concluded that the Necessitarian position faces a serious dilemma, and as a result is ultimately less compelling. The main alternative account of laws, the Regularity theory, is then discussed, but is also found to have difficulties with respect to the problem of induction
School code: 0026
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 46-03
Subject Philosophy
Alt Author University of Calgary (Canada)
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