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A Lewisian Theory for Special Science Laws

schrenk, markus (2006) A Lewisian Theory for Special Science Laws. [Published Article]

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    Run Lewisian best system competitions as usual but organise separate competitions for each special science: one compe- tition for chemistry, one for biology, etc. depending on how far up you are willing to go. In order to do so, at least one hurdle has to be taken: Lewis’s theory does not straightforwardly allow for laws with exceptions. Yet, especially the laws of non-fundamental laws like, say, chemistry or biology are said to be ceteris paribus laws, i.e., laws that are haunted by exceptions and therefore in need of proviso clauses.


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    Item Type: Published Article
    Keywords: Laws, Lewis, Best System
    Subjects: General Issues > Laws of Nature
    General Issues > Philosophers of Science
    Depositing User: Dr Markus Schrenk
    Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2012 12:30
    Last Modified: 06 Jan 2012 12:30
    Item ID: 8981
    Journal or Publication Title: Selected Contributions to GAP.6, Sixth International Conference of the Society for Analytical Philosophy, Berlin, 11–14 September 2006
    Publisher: mentis
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8981

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