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The Concept of Scientific Law in the Philosophy of Science and Epistemology

A Study of Theoretical Reason


Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 208)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Law of Appearance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Igor Hanzel
      Pages 3-13
    3. Igor Hanzel
      Pages 14-30
  3. The Idealizational Law of Essence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Igor Hanzel
      Pages 33-51
    3. Igor Hanzel
      Pages 52-59
  4. The Inherent Law of Essence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Igor Hanzel
      Pages 63-84
    3. Igor Hanzel
      Pages 85-107
    4. Igor Hanzel
      Pages 108-121
    5. Igor Hanzel
      Pages 122-133
    6. Igor Hanzel
      Pages 134-153
  5. The Epistemic Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Igor Hanzel
      Pages 157-174
  6. Conclusion

    1. Igor Hanzel
      Pages 197-200
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 201-230

About this book


The author argues that a reconstruction of scientific laws should give an account of laws relating phenomena to underlying mechanisms generating them, as well as of laws relating this mechanism to its inherent capacities. While contemporary philosophy of science deals only with the former, the author provides the concept for the reconstruction of scientific laws, where the knowledge of the phenomena enables one to grasp the quantity of their cause. He then provides the concepts for scientific laws dealing with the relation of the quantity and quality of the cause underlying phenomena to the quality and quantity of its capacities. Finally, he provides concepts for scientific laws expressing how a certain cause, due to the quantity and quality of its capacities, generates the quantitative and qualitative determinations of its manifestations. The book is intended for philosophers of science and philosophers of social science, as well as for natural and social scientists.


Hegel Karl R. Popper Marx epistemology knowledge logic philosophy philosophy of science reason science subject

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Comenius UniversitySlovak Republic

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