structure for 'Natural Theory'    |     alphabetical list of themes    |     expand these ideas

26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 3. Laws and Generalities

[differences between general truths and real laws]

6 ideas
Newton's First Law refers to bodies not acted upon by a force, but there may be no such body [Armstrong]
Lawlike sentences are general attributions of disposition to all members of some class [Fetzer]
Natural laws result from eliminative induction, where enumerative induction gives generalisations [Psillos on Cohen,LJ]
Without laws, how can a dispositionalist explain general behaviour within kinds? [Mumford]
"All gold cubes are smaller than one cubic mile" is a true universal generalisation, but not a law [Psillos]
Pragmatic laws allow prediction and explanation, to the extent that reality is stable [Leuridan]