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The Metaphysics Within Physics$
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Tim Maudlin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199218219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218219.001.0001

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A Modest Proposal Concerning Laws, Counterfactuals, and Explanations

A Modest Proposal Concerning Laws, Counterfactuals, and Explanations

(p.5) 1 A Modest Proposal Concerning Laws, Counterfactuals, and Explanations
The Metaphysics Within Physics

Tim Maudlin (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the systematic connections between beliefs about laws of nature and a small assortment of other beliefs. The examination has been carried out predominantly in what may be called a conceptual model, focusing on inferences so as to sidestep the problem of ontological commitment. This may be likened to examining John's tacit theory of knowledge without affirming whether or not anyone has any knowledge, whether there is any such thing.

Keywords:   beliefs, laws of nature, conceptual model, theory of knowledge

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