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The Divine Lawmaker: Lectures on Induction, Laws of Nature, and the Existence of God

John Foster


In our experience so far, the universe has worked in remarkably regular ways, and these regularities call for explanation. One way of accounting for them would be to suppose that things have been kept regular by laws of nature, construed as forms of natural necessity, and if we can make sense of there being such laws, this mode of explanation is the most plausible one. Another attractive feature of it is that, if it is accepted, it points the way to a solution to the problem of induction; for, assuming that the relevant laws are uniform across space and time, we know that the way things turn o ... More

Keywords: causal imposing, explanation, God, induction, laws of nature, natural necessity, nomological, regularity, theism, universe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250592
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199250596.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Foster, author
Brasenose College, University of Oxford