Laws and Lawmakers: Science, Metaphysics, and the Laws of Nature

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Oxford University Press, Jul 9, 2009 - Science - 280 pages
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What distinguishes laws of nature from ordinary facts? What are the "lawmakers": the facts in virtue of which the laws are laws? How can laws be necessary, yet contingent? Lange provocatively argues that laws are distinguished by their necessity, which is grounded in primitive subjunctive facts, while also providing a non-technical and accessible survey of the field.

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Marc Lange is Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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