Laws of Nature

  • Peter Mittelstaedt
  • Paul A. Weingartner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Pages 1-2
  3. What is a Law of Nature?

  4. Properties of Laws

  5. Why are Laws of Nature Valid?

    1. Pages 309-328
    2. Pages 329-346
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 347-376

About this book


The book is concerned with the laws of nature and in particular with the laws of physics. The authors discuss three important questions: First, whether the observed regularities are based on strict "laws of nature" that hold rigorously and without any exception. Second, what we call a "law of nature" is studied by comparing this concept with invariance principles, causality principles, teleological principles and means of predicting future events. Finally, on the basis of these investigations the authors treat the ambitious and intricate third question, why the laws of nature hold. Are there rational reasons for this largely unexplained phenomenon? This book addresses students as well as researchers. It will be an excellent reference for those interested in the philosophical foundations of the natural sciences.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Mittelstaedt
    • 1
  • Paul A. Weingartner
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität zu KölnKölnGermany
  2. 2.Institut für PhilosophieUniversität SalzburgSalzburgAustria

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