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Single Idea 9439

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

Full Idea

The Central Dilemma about laws of nature is that, if they have some governing role, then they must be internal or external to the things governed, and it is hard to give a plausible account of either view.

Gist of Idea

The Central Dilemma is how to explain an internal or external view of laws which govern


Stephen Mumford (Laws in Nature [2004], 09.2)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Laws in Nature' [Routledge 2006], p.144

A Reaction

This dilemma is the basis of Mumford's total rejection of 'laws of nature'. I think I agree.