Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Generality: refers to properties that are shared by multiple objects.

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Natural Laws/Realism/Hume/Bigelow/Pargetter: a Humean theory of natural laws cannot be as realistic as ours.
Generalisation/Regularity/Hume: the Humean can be realistic with regard to generalisations.
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"Total generality"/"pure" generality/Hume/BigelowVsHume/Bigelow/Pargetter: may not contain a reference to an individual:
It is too weak and too strong.
a) too strong: for example, Kepler's laws refer to all planets but also to an individual, the sun.
b) too weak: it is still not a law. For example, that everything moves towards the center of the earth.


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J. Bigelow, R. Pargetter
Science and Necessity Cambridge 1990


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-11-18