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Single Idea 8293

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / D. Universals / 2. Need for Universals]

Full Idea

I base my case for realism about universals on the need to explain the status of natural laws.

Gist of Idea

Real universals are needed to explain laws of nature


E.J. Lowe (The Possibility of Metaphysics [1998], 9.6)

Book Reference

Lowe,E.J.: 'The Possibility of Metaphysics' [OUP 2001], p.203

A Reaction

I need black magic to explain why my watch has disappeared. The key question, then, would be what we understand by the 'laws of nature'. I am inclined to think that scientific essentialism (qv) can build laws out of natural kinds. Idea 6614.

Related Idea

Idea 6614 A hierarchy of natural kinds is elaborate ontology, but needed to explain natural laws [Ellis]