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Bridge laws: provide relations between the terms of two theories, if one of the theories is to be reduced to the other. See also reduction, reductionism, theories.

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Law/Natural Law/reductionism/connectives/interpretation/Fodor: Question: how the connective ">" is to be interpreted (in the reduction of a science to physics), is he transitive? - (generally accepted) - then there will have to be appropriate bridge laws - problem: the interpretation of the connective ">" in bridge laws themselves: is reductionism itself therefore a physical thesis - it cannot be equated with "caused", because that is asymmetric - if ">" any other relation than identity, then the truth of reductionism will only guarantee the truth of a weak version of physicalism - that it is nomologically necessary that the S and P predicates apply to the same objects - (this is the bridge law) - this is consistent with a non-physicalist ontology - e.g. that x-™ s fulfillment of S itself is not a physical event - some authors: bridge laws therefore express contingent event identity- (> token physicalism)

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J. Fodor/E. Lepore
Holism Cambridge USA Oxford UK 1992

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