Necessarily , salt dissolves in water

  title={Necessarily , salt dissolves in water},
  author={Alexander Bird},
In this paper I aim to show that a certain law of nature, namely that common salt (sodium chloride) dissolves in water, is metaphysically necessary. The importance of this result is that it conflicts with a widely shared intuition that the laws of nature (most if not all) are contingent. There have been debates over whether some laws, such as Newton’s second law, might be definitional of their key terms and hence necessary. But the law that salt dissolves in water is not that kind of law. The… CONTINUE READING


Publications referenced by this paper.

The Nature of the Chemical Bond

  • L. Pauling
  • 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Weinberg…
  • 1940
1 Excerpt

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…