Laws of Nature

Laws of nature are such things as Newton's Laws, or the laws of relativity. There is no agreement over what they are, or whether they exist as anything more than human conveniences.


Regularity Accounts

Laws of nature are simply general truths.

Attitude Accounts

Laws of nature are general truths to which we hold a certain attitude.

Mill-Ramsey-Lewis Accounts

Laws of nature are the axioms and high level theorems of the best system.

Realist Accounts

Laws of nature have real necessity behind them.

Error Theories

There aren't really any laws of nature.
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