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Nature's MetaphysicsLaws and Properties$
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Alexander Bird

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199227013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227013.001.0001

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Introduction—Laws and Properties

Introduction—Laws and Properties

(p.1) 1 Introduction—Laws and Properties
Nature's Metaphysics

Alexander Bird (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an introduction to the topics of this book — the metaphysics of laws of nature and of natural properties. Three views of laws are introduced: the regularity view; the nomic necessitation view, and the dispositional essentialist view. Two conceptions of property are introduced: categorical properties and potencies (essentially dispositional properties). A taxonomy of views about laws and properties and their relations is articulated. An outline of the book is drawn.

Keywords:   laws of nature, natural properties, categorical property, potency

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