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Single Idea 15876

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 5. Laws from Universals]

Full Idea

The idea of the Dretske-Armstrong-Tooley view is very simple: the laws of nature relate properties to properties.

Gist of Idea

Maybe laws of nature are just relations between properties?


Rom Harr (Laws of Nature [1993], 2)

Book Reference

Harr,Rom: 'Laws of Nature' [Duckworth 1993], p.48

A Reaction

Presumably the relations are necessary ones. I don't see why we need to mention these wretched 'universals' in order to expound this theory. It sounds much more plausible if you just say a property is defined by the way it relates to other properties.