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Metaphysics of laws and ontology of time

Friebe, Cord (2018) Metaphysics of laws and ontology of time. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 33 (1). pp. 77-89. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

At first glance, every metaphysics of laws (Humeanism, primitivism, Power metaphysics) can be combined with every ontology of time (eternalism, growing block, presentism). In contrast, the paper intends to show that Humeanism requires eternalism and that Power metaphysics must presuppose an existentially dynamical view of temporal existence, i.e. growing block or presentism. The presented arguments turn out to be completely independent of whether the laws of nature are deterministic or probabilistic: the world is non-productive and static or productively dynamical, the future be ‘open’ or not.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Friebe, Cordcfriebe@uni-bonn.de
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Humeanism; Dispositionalism; Eternalism; Presentism; Growing Block; Indeterminism
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2018 21:25
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2018 21:25
Item ID: 14467
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.17178
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Date: January 2018
Page Range: pp. 77-89
Volume: 33
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14467

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