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The metaphysics of laws: dispositionalism vs. primitivism

Dorato, Mauro and Esfeld, Michael (2014) The metaphysics of laws: dispositionalism vs. primitivism. [Preprint]

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The paper compares dispositionalism about laws of nature with primitivism. It argues that while the distinction between these two positions can be drawn in a clear-cut manner in classical mechanics, it is less clear in quantum mechanics, due to quantum non-locality. Nonetheless, the paper points out advantages for dispositionalism in comparison to primitivism also in the area of quantum mechanics, and of contemporary physics in general.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dorato, Mauromauro.dorato@gmail.com
Esfeld, MichaelMichael-Andreas.Esfeld@unil.ch
Keywords: laws of nature, primitivism, dispositionalism, Humeanism, classical mechanics, quantum mechanics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Mauro Dorato
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 21:25
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2014 21:25
Item ID: 11118
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 3 November 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11118

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