Schaffer on laws of nature

@article{Wilson2013SchafferOL,
  title={Schaffer on laws of nature},
  author={A. Wilson},
  journal={Philosophical Studies},
  year={2013},
  volume={164},
  pages={653-667}
}
  • A. Wilson
  • Published 2013
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophical Studies
  • In ‘Quiddistic Knowledge’ (Schaffer in Philos Stud 123:1–32, 2005), Jonathan Schaffer argued influentially against the view that the laws of nature are metaphysically necessary. In this reply I aim to show how a coherent and well-motivated form of necessitarianism can withstand his critique. Modal necessitarianism—the view that the actual laws are the laws of all possible worlds—can do justice to some intuitive motivations for necessitarianism, and it has the resources to respond to all of… CONTINUE READING
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