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Better Best Systems and the Issue of CP-Laws

  • Markus SchrenkEmail author
Original Article


This paper combines two ideas: (1) That the Lewisian best system analysis of lawhood (BSA) can cope with laws that have exceptions (cf. Braddon-Mitchell in Noûs 35(2):260–277, 2001; Schrenk in The metaphysics of ceteris paribus laws. Ontos, Frankfurt, 2007). (2) That a BSA can be executed not only on the mosaic of perfectly natural properties but also on any set of special science properties (cf., inter alia, Schrenk 2007, Selected papers contributed to the sections of GAP.6, 6th international congress of the society for analytical philosophy. Mentis, Paderborn/Münster, 2008; Cohen and Callender in Philos Stud 145:1–34, 2009, Erkenntnis 73:427–447, 2010). Bringing together (1) and (2) results in an analysis of special science ceteris paribus laws.


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Thanks are due to the audiences at the GAP8 conference, Konstanz (2012), at Matthias Frisch’s Laws of Nature workshop in Munich (2012), and at the Pittsburgh Lunchtime Seminar (2013). I am especially grateful to Marius Backmann, Jenann Ismael, Siegfried Jaag, Andreas Hüttemann, Alexander Reutlinger, Charlotte Matheson, Thomas Müller, Stephen Mumford, Jesse Mulder, Emma Tobin, Matthew Tugby, Matthias Unterhuber and Brad Weslake for many valuable discussions and/or advice and comments on earlier drafts of this paper. I wish to thank Bastian Walter who helped me with editorial issues regarding the manuscript. The paper was finalized within the context of the Causation and Explanation Research Group funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).


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