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What is a Law of Nature?

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  • Date Published: August 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316507094

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  • First published in 1985, D. M. Armstrong's original work on what laws of nature are has continued to be influential in the areas of metaphysics and philosophy of science. Presenting a definitive attack on the sceptical Humean view, that laws are no more than a regularity of coincidence between stances of properties, Armstrong establishes his own theory and defends it concisely and systematically against objections. Presented in a fresh twenty-first-century series livery, and including a specially commissioned preface written by Marc Lange, illuminating its continuing importance and relevance to philosophical enquiry, this influential work is available for a new generation of readers.

    • Unique to Cambridge, this classic book has been revived and rebranded for a twenty-first-century readership
    • Establishes D. M. Armstrong's original theory of laws of nature
    • Offers a definitive critique of the orthodox Humean sceptical view of causation
    • Features a specially commissioned preface written by Marc Lange
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    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316507094
    • length: 180 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.26kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to this edition Marc Lange
    Acknowledgements
    Part I. A Critique of the Regularity Theory:
    1. Introductory
    2. Critique of the regularity theory (1): the problem of accidental uniformities
    3. Critique of the regularity theory (2)
    4. Critique of the regularity theory (3)
    5. Can the regularity theory be sophisticated?
    Part II. Laws of Nature as Relations between Universals:
    6. Laws of nature as relations between universals
    7. Functional laws
    8. Unsubstantiated laws
    9. Probabilistic laws
    10. Further considerations concerning the form of laws
    11. Are the laws of nature necessary or contingent?
    Conclusions
    Index.

  • Author

    D. M. Armstrong
    Professor D. M. Armstrong (1926–2014) was one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century and is best known for his influential work in epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of mind. He was Challis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney until his retirement in 1992.

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    Marc Lange

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