Metaphysics of Science, Stathis Psillos, Regularities, Natural Patterns and Laws of Nature


28 novembre 2019

14h00 - 16h00


Auditoire SOCR 23, Place Cardinal Mercier, 14

Regularities, Natural Patterns and Laws of Nature


In this talk I will present a general argument against the view that laws are not regularities and will discuss the conditions that the Regularity View of Laws (RVL) should satisfy as a credible account of lawhood. I will focus my attention on the Mill-Ramsey-Lewis account of laws and defend a version of nomic objectivism by showing that a law of nature is a regularity that is characterised by the unity of a natural pattern. I will conclude by arguing that this view is strong enough to reconcile empiricism about laws with some kind of realism.