Non-governing Law Solutions to Ideal Laws

  • Billy WheelerEmail author
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Chapter 3 investigates the potential for a theory of the metaphysics of ideal laws based around non-governing conceptions of lawhood. Three existing approaches are discussed: Lewis’ best system account and Schrenk’s so-called ‘better best system account’; Unterhuber’s theory of laws as generics, and the inference-ticket view, advocated by some logical empiricists such as Schlick and Toulmin. It is argued that a combination of the best system account and the inference-ticket view offers the best hope for a theory of ideal laws.


Ideal Law Unterhuber Ceteris Paribus Laws Instance Laws Proportionality Law 
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySun Yat-Sen UniversityZhuhaiChina

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