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Single Idea 9411

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 11. Against Laws of Nature]

Full Idea

Laws do not appear in Aristotle's metaphysics, and it wasn't until Descartes and Newton that laws entered the intellectual mainstream.

Gist of Idea

There are no laws of nature in Aristotle; they became standard with Descartes and Newton


Stephen Mumford (Laws in Nature [2004], 01.5)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Laws in Nature' [Routledge 2006], p.13

A Reaction

Cf. Idea 5470.

Related Idea

Idea 5470 The idea of laws of nature arose in the Middle Ages [Hall,AR, by Ellis]