Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Regularity, philosophy: regularity. The expression is usually used in connection with considerations of causality. The question is whether the determination of regularities is sufficient for the formulation of laws of nature. Opponents of the regularity theory demand that, in addition to the observation of positive cases, a formal determination is made on cases that have not yet occurred. For this purpose, e.g. a counterfactual conditional is established. E.g. if A were the case, then B would be the case, assuming that case A did not (yet) occur. See also causation, law of nature, laws, counterfactual conditional, unreal conditional clauses, cause, effect, induction.
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Regularity / Fraassen: practically do not exist - E.g. things that are under your full control. - E.g. content of your pocket is no regularity - no more fundamental regularities - but we need to explain why things approximately obay to regularities. - Hypothesis: the greater uniformity will be the truer one! - (> Gradation) - Solution: postulation of microstructures (MiSt) - I 213 only observable regularities need to be explained.

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