Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Laws of Nature, philosophy: laws of nature (physical laws) are descriptions of dependencies of physical quantities among each other. From the fact that these are descriptions, it follows that these are no regulations in the sense of e.g. legal regulations. N. Goodman suggests in “Fact, Fiction and Forecast” (1954) that natural laws should be formulated in the form of irreal conditional sentences (also known as counterfactual conditionals); If A were the case, B would have been the case. See also counterfactual conditionals, irreal conditionals, laws, lawlikeness, law statements.

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Laws of nature / Schlick: do not prescribe what is happening, but rather describe it - explanation of regularities - (> Hempel)


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Hack I
I. Hacking
Einführung in die Philosophie der Naturwissenschaften Stuttgart 1996


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