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Single Idea 15820

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 7. Strictness of Laws]

Full Idea

When we say something is 'physically necessary' we can replace it with 'law of nature'.

Gist of Idea

A 'law of nature' is just something which is physically necessary


Roderick Chisholm (Person and Object [1976], 2.2)

Book Reference

Chisholm,Roderick: 'Person and Object' [Open Court 1976], p.58

A Reaction

[plucked out of context even more than usual!] This is illuminating about what contemporary philosophers (such as Armstrong) seem to mean by a law of nature. It is not some grand equation, but a small local necessary connection.