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The Law-Governed Universe$
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John T. Roberts

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557707.001.0001

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The law‐governed world‐picture

The law‐governed world‐picture

(p.1) 1 The law‐governed world‐picture
The Law-Governed Universe

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The idea that science has discovered that our universe is governed by laws of nature is arguably an important part of the modern scientific world‐view. The distinction between laws and other truths discovered by science is essential in at least some scientific reasoning, for example in statistical mechanics. The idea that laws of nature really govern the universe—and that they are not merely regularities that form an elegant system, as they are according to proponents of Humeanism (e.g. David Lewis)—turns out to play a crucial role in much scientific reasoning having to do with so‐called fine‐tuning. This chapter offers a formulation of the law‐governed world‐picture and outlines an argument for a new account of lawhood that vindicates that picture.

Keywords:   laws of nature, laws, universe, statistical mechanics, David Lewis, Humeanism, fine‐tuning

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