The promise of Roberts' “measurability account of la ws”

Southwest Philosophy Review 20 (2):117-128 (2004)
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Abstract

There is a common argument form in the metaphysics of natural laws literature: a theory of natural law is attacked by offering a claim L as a law of scientific field F (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.), and from this law metaphysical implications contrary to the theory are drawn. Quite often however, L would not be regarded as a law by a scientist of F. Roberts' "measurability account of laws" offers a new and interesting way to more reliably identify the laws of a field F and to eliminate the L that are not laws of F from the literature.

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P. James Norris
Idaho State University

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