Laws of Nature and the Problem of Exceptions

  • Billy WheelerEmail author
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Chapter 1 traces the development of the discussion around exceptions to scientific laws and the different solutions previous philosophers of science have taken on this issue. It is argued that a case can be made for separating exception-ridden laws into a least two groups: ceteris paribus laws and ideal laws. The former make true but indefinite claims about the world, whereas the latter make false but definite claims. Each comes with distinctive epistemological and metaphysical problems.


Ceteris Paribus Laws Ideal Law Scientific Laws Chance Law Special Force Laws 
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySun Yat-Sen UniversityZhuhaiChina

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