Ceteris Paribus Laws

[Revised entry by Alexander Reutlinger, Gerhard Schurz, and Andreas Hüttemann on June 22, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Laws of nature take center stage in philosophy of science. Laws
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[Revised entry by Alexander Reutlinger, Gerhard Schurz, and Andreas Hüttemann on June 22, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Laws of nature take center stage in philosophy of science. Laws are usually believed to stand in a tight conceptual relation to many important key concepts such as causation, explanation, confirmation, determinism, counterfactuals etc. Traditionally, philosophers of science have focused on physical laws, which were taken to be at least true, universal statements that support counterfactual claims. But, although this claim about laws might be true with respect to physics,...

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