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The Laws' Properties

Persson, Johannes LU (2005) In Nature's principles p.239-254
Abstract
We are good at discussing law statements of different epistemic status, and to describe logical relationships between different law statements. But contemporary discussion often suffers from a difficulty to formulate questions concerning laws of different ontological status. This paper presents a framework for distinguishing between properties and fake properties that seems to provide better tools for such inquiries. This paper also examines criteria for properties in connection with laws of nature. It discusses three suggested tests for properties, by Maxwell, Ramsey, and Cartwright. None of these tests is good as it stands. Rather than favouring one particular test, we should opt for methodologically stable decisions, i.e. decisions... (More)
We are good at discussing law statements of different epistemic status, and to describe logical relationships between different law statements. But contemporary discussion often suffers from a difficulty to formulate questions concerning laws of different ontological status. This paper presents a framework for distinguishing between properties and fake properties that seems to provide better tools for such inquiries. This paper also examines criteria for properties in connection with laws of nature. It discusses three suggested tests for properties, by Maxwell, Ramsey, and Cartwright. None of these tests is good as it stands. Rather than favouring one particular test, we should opt for methodologically stable decisions, i.e. decisions where several tests come to the same conclusion. (Less)
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mechanism, Cartwright, universal, trope, Laws of nature
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Nature's principles
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Faye, Jan; Scheffler, Uwe and Urchs, Max
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239 - 254
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Springer
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1-4020-3257-9
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English
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  author       = {Persson, Johannes},
  editor       = {Faye, Jan and Scheffler, Uwe and Urchs, Max},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {239--254},
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  series       = {Nature's principles},
  title        = {The Laws' Properties},
  year         = {2005},
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