Which Universal?

PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1988:24 - 30 (1988)
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My recently developed Fact-Proposition-Event (FPE) Theory can help to begin the clarification of D.A. Armstrong's account of natural laws-that laws are relationships among certain universals. FPE Theory makes careful description of laws possible, distinguishing them from law propositions (or statements), law facts, and states-of-affairs with which they might be confused. Initial inspection of Armstrong's proposal forces a choice between taking a law to be a certain kind of state (an event- or state-kind) and taking it to be a determinate kind of relation (a relation-kind instantiated by ordered pairs of concrete events and/or states). On both alternatives, new kinds of events and states arise (abstract ones and event-pairs, among others).

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