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The Resource Laws in nature, Stephen Mumford

Laws in nature, Stephen Mumford

Label
Laws in nature
Title
Laws in nature
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Mumford
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"What are the laws of nature? Do they control the actions and movements of the other things that exist in our world? Is there a sense in which such laws are real things?" "Both scientists and philosophers have been attracted by the view that the world contains laws of nature. It is such laws that dictate the behaviour of particulars, rather than any of those things' intrinsic or internal forces. In this book Stephen Mumford argues against this popular view. He shows that no adequate account has been produced of what such laws in nature would be, or how they would perform the work that has been required of them. In their place, he argues that there are other necessary connections in nature that can do all the work for which we thought laws were needed." "This book offers a holistic and connected account of reality in which the world's elements do not need to be activated or controlled by laws. It is not possible that these elements behave other than they do. They world is more of a jigsaw than a mosaic: its pieces can form only one picture, and laws are no part of it."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mumford, Stephen
Index
index present
LC call number
B105.L3
LC item number
M86 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Routledge studies in twentieth century philosophy
Series volume
18
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Law (Philosophy)
  • Power (Philosophy)
  • Philosophy of nature
Label
Laws in nature, Stephen Mumford
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1.
  • Laws in science and philosophy.
  • p. 1
  • Pt. I.
  • Humean lawlessness.
  • p. 19
  • 2.
  • lawless world.
  • p. 21
  • 3.
  • Regularities and best systems.
  • p. 31
  • 4.
  • Hume's argument.
  • p. 50
  • Pt. II.
  • Nomological realism.
  • p. 65
  • 5.
  • nomological argument.
  • p. 67
  • 6.
  • Natural necessitation relations.
  • p. 83
  • 7.
  • Necessitarian essentialism.
  • p. 105
  • Pt. III.
  • Realist lawlessness.
  • p. 125
  • 8.
  • Are natural laws a natural kind?.
  • p. 127
  • 9.
  • central dilemma.
  • p. 143
  • 10.
  • Modal properties.
  • p. 160
  • 11.
  • Objections and replies.
  • p. 182
  • 12.
  • Conclusion : law and metaphor.
  • p. 201
Control code
l82004000286
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 230 p.
Isbn
9780415311281
Lccn
2004000286
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Laws in nature, Stephen Mumford
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1.
  • Laws in science and philosophy.
  • p. 1
  • Pt. I.
  • Humean lawlessness.
  • p. 19
  • 2.
  • lawless world.
  • p. 21
  • 3.
  • Regularities and best systems.
  • p. 31
  • 4.
  • Hume's argument.
  • p. 50
  • Pt. II.
  • Nomological realism.
  • p. 65
  • 5.
  • nomological argument.
  • p. 67
  • 6.
  • Natural necessitation relations.
  • p. 83
  • 7.
  • Necessitarian essentialism.
  • p. 105
  • Pt. III.
  • Realist lawlessness.
  • p. 125
  • 8.
  • Are natural laws a natural kind?.
  • p. 127
  • 9.
  • central dilemma.
  • p. 143
  • 10.
  • Modal properties.
  • p. 160
  • 11.
  • Objections and replies.
  • p. 182
  • 12.
  • Conclusion : law and metaphor.
  • p. 201
Control code
l82004000286
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xv, 230 p.
Isbn
9780415311281
Lccn
2004000286
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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