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Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 145–148 | Cite as

Andreas Bartels: Naturgesetze in einer kausalen Welt

Mentis, Münster 2015, 254 pp, €29.80 (Paperback), ISBN: 9783957430250
  • Vincent Lam
Book review

What laws of nature are is one of the most important issues and a long-standing debate in philosophy of science and in metaphysics. Among the conceptions that acknowledge the existence of laws, two main families can be naturally identified, each relying on opposite intuitions: one the on hand, the Humean conceptions privilege a descriptive and epistemic understanding of laws, in particular centred around the intuition about their contingency, whereas on the other hand, the non-Humean conceptions take an ontologically more substantive perspective on laws, relying on the opposite intuition about some fundamental nomological necessity. To some extent, any position in this debate faces a tension between these conflicting intuitions. In his book Naturgesetze in einer kausalen Welt, Andreas Bartels elaborates a non-Humean understanding of laws of nature that aims to pay heed to both intuitions, in particular by explicitly integrating contingency within a non-Humean, dispositionalist (and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.School of Historical and Philosophical InquiryThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Chair of Excellence in Philosophy of Quantum PhysicsUniversité Grenoble AlpesGrenobleFrance

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