Philosophy Compass 15 (8):1-10 (2020)

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Harjit Bhogal
University of Maryland, College Park
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Humeanism about laws of nature is, roughly, the view that the laws of nature are just patterns, or ways of describing patterns, in the mosaic of events. In this paper I survey some of the (many!) objections that have been raised to Humeanism, considering how the Humean might respond. And I consider how we might make a positive case for Humeanism. The common thread running through all this is that the viability of the Humean view relies on the Humean having an importantly different conception of explanation to the anti-Humean.
Keywords Laws of Nature  Explanation
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DOI 10.1111/phc3.12696
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