© 2005

Nature's Principles

  • Jan Faye
  • Paul Needham
  • Uwe Scheffler
  • Max Urchs

Part of the Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science book series (LEUS, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jan Faye, Paul Needham, Uwe Scheffler, Max Urchs
    Pages 1-53
  3. Jan Faye
    Pages 77-102
  4. Lars-Göran Johansson
    Pages 151-166
  5. Max Kistler
    Pages 201-227
  6. Uwe Meixner
    Pages 229-238
  7. Johannes Persson
    Pages 239-254
  8. Gerhard Schurz
    Pages 255-268
  9. Werner Stelzner
    Pages 269-288
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 289-292

About this book


One of the most basic problems in the philosophy of science involves determining the extent to which nature is governed by laws. This volume presents a wide-ranging overview of the contemporary debate and includes some of its foremost participants. It begins with an extensive introduction describing the historical, logical and philosophical background of the problems dealt with in the essays. Among the topics treated in the essays is the relationship between laws of nature and causal laws as well as the role of ceteris paribus clauses in scientific explanations. Traditionally, the problem of the unity of science was intimately connected to the problem of understanding the unity of nature. This fourth volume of Logic, Epistemology, and the Unity of Science tackles these problems as part of our consideration of the most fundamental aspects of scientific understanding.


epistemology logic philosophy philosophy of science science

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Faye
    • 1
  • Paul Needham
    • 2
  • Uwe Scheffler
    • 3
  • Max Urchs
    • 4
  1. 1.University of CopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Stockholm UniversitySweden
  3. 3.Humboldt University BerlinGermany
  4. 4.University of KonstanzGermany

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