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.

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
Armstrong, D.M. Regularities   Armstrong, D.M.
Castaneda, H.N. Regularities   Castaneda, H.N.
Chisholm, Roderick M. Regularities   Chisholm, Roderick M.
Fraassen, Bas Regularities   Fraassen, Bas
Genz, H. Regularities   Genz, H.
Lewis, David Regularities   Lewis, David
Quine, Willard Van Orman Regularities   Quine, Willard Van Orman

Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-06-27