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Ecological OrbitsHow Planets Move and Populations Grow$
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Lev Ginzburg and Mark Colyvan

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.001.0001

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DOES ECOLOGY HAVE LAWS?

DOES ECOLOGY HAVE LAWS?

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(p.11) TWO DOES ECOLOGY HAVE LAWS?
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Ecological Orbits
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Lev Ginzburg

Mark Colyvan

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168167.003.0002

This chapter addresses the question of whether there are laws in ecology. Although there has been a great deal of recent interest in this topic, much of the relevant debate has been conducted under some common misconceptions about what laws of nature are. Once these misconceptions are cleared up, the case for ecology having laws is much stronger. Indeed, the chapter suggests that the case for laws in ecology is no better or worse than the case for laws in physics. It goes on to give some examples of candidate laws in ecology.

Keywords:   laws of nature, laws of ecology, explanation, allometries

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