Single Idea 16558

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 11. Against Laws of Nature]

Full Idea

The traditional notion of a law of nature has few, if any, applications in neurobiology or molecular biology.

Gist of Idea

Laws of nature have very little application in biology


Machamer,P/Darden,L/Craver,C (Thinking About Mechanisms [2000], 3.2)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophy of Science' [-], p.7

A Reaction

This is a simple and self-evident fact, and bad news for anyone who want to build their entire ontology around laws of nature. I take such a notion to be fairly empty, except as a convenient heuristic device.