What is a Law of Nature? The Broken-Symmetry Story

Southern Journal of Philosophy 40 (4):459-473 (2002)
  Copy   BIBTEX


I argue that the contemporary interplay of cosmology and particle physics in their joint effort to understand the processes at work during the first moments of the big bang has important implications for understanding the nature of lawhood. I focus on the phenomenon of spontaneous symmetry breaking responsible for generating the masses of certain particles. This phenomenon presents problems for the currently fashionable Dretske-Tooley-Armstrong theory and strongly favors a rival nomic ontology of causal powers.

Author's Profile

Yuri Balashov
University of Georgia


Added to PP

917 (#7,281)

6 months
23 (#42,887)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?