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A Theory of Non-Universal Laws

Reutlinger, Alexander (2010) A Theory of Non-Universal Laws. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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    Laws in the special sciences are usually regarded to be non-universal. Due to their non-universality, theories of laws in the special sciences face two challenges: (I) According to Lange’s dilemma, they are either false or trivial; (II) they have to meet the Requirement of Relevance. I argue that both challenges can be meet, if one distinguishes four dimensions of (non-)universality. In the upshot, I argue for the following explication of special science laws: L is a special science law iff (1) L is a system law, (2) L is backed up a methodology to describe disturbing factors and (3) L is invariant.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: ceteris paribus laws, invariance
    Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
    Depositing User: Alexander Reutlinger
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5139
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5139

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