Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.
Author Item    More concepts for author
Aristotle Natural Laws   Aristotle
Armstrong, D.M. Natural Laws   Armstrong, D.M.
Barrow, J.D. Natural Laws   Barrow, J.D.
Bigelow, John Natural Laws   Bigelow, John
Carnap, Rudolf Natural Laws   Carnap, Rudolf
Cartwright, Nancy Natural Laws   Cartwright, Nancy
Dennett, Daniel Natural Laws   Dennett, Daniel
Genz, H. Natural Laws   Genz, H.
Hacking, Ian Natural Laws   Hacking, Ian
Heidegger, M. Natural Laws   Heidegger, M.
Kant, I. Natural Laws   Kant, I.
Kuhn, Thomas Natural Laws   Kuhn, Thomas
Lewis, David Natural Laws   Lewis, David
Maturana, H. Natural Laws   Maturana, H.
Millikan, Ruth Natural Laws   Millikan, Ruth
Pinker, Stephen Natural Laws   Pinker, Stephen
Popper, Karl Natural Laws   Popper, Karl
Ryle, Gilbert Natural Laws   Ryle, Gilbert
Spinoza, B. Natural Laws   Spinoza, B.
Wheeler, J.A. Natural Laws   Wheeler, J.A.
Wittgenstein, L. Natural Laws   Wittgenstein, L.

Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-06-26