Sometimes the world is not enough: The pursuit of explanatory laws in a Humean world

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 84 (2):175–197 (2003)
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A novel motivation for a Humean projectivist construal of our concept of scientific law is provided. The analysis is partially developed and used to explain intuitions that are problematic for a Humean reductionist construal of lawhood. A possible non-Humean rejoinder is discussed and rejected. In an appendix, further intuitions that are problematic for Humean reductionists are explained projectively.



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Barry Ward
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