Single Idea 9423

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 4. Regularities / b. Best system theory]

Full Idea

Lewis's simplicity and strength criteria introduce an element of subjectivity into the laws, because the best system seems to be determined by what we take to be simple and strong in a system.

Gist of Idea

If simplicity and strength are criteria for laws of nature, that introduces a subjective element


comment on David Lewis (Psychophysical and theoretical identifications [1972]) by Stephen Mumford - Laws in Nature 3.5

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Laws in Nature' [Routledge 2006], p.45

A Reaction

[Mumford cites Armstrong 1983:67 for this]