Humeans hold that laws of nature are nothing more than particularly effective summaries of what actually happens. This volume presents cutting-edge research in this area, with innovative new work on the epistemology of laws and chance, the problem of induction, counterfactuals, special science laws, and a Humean account of essence.
- Presents cutting-edge research by leading experts on laws of nature and chance in the Humean tradition
- Examines what role our distinctive interests as limited agents play in understanding laws of nature and chance
- Explores how laws of nature, chance, possibility and necessity can be understood within naturalistic, science-based metaphysical theories.
About the Author(s)
Edited by Michael Townsen Hicks, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, Siegfried Jaag, Visiting Professor, University of Tübingen, and Postdoctoral Fellow, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, and Christian Loew, Associate Professor, Umeå University
Michael Townsen Hicks is a philosopher focusing on philosophy of science, metaphysics, and philosophy of physics. He has published papers on Humean reductionism about laws of nature, the symmetries of physical laws, locality considerations in physics, the nature of explanation in science and
metaphysics, and the logic of conditionals. He continues to be interested in the way science and physics helps us understand the world, and the way in which philosophy can help us understand science and physics.
Siegfried Jaag is a philosopher working mainly on themes at the intersection of metaphysics and science, and in particular on the role of modality in science. He has published papers on pragmatic versions of Humean reductionism about laws of nature, dispositionalist accounts of natural modalities, counterfactuals conditionals and scientific and metaphysical explanations.
Christian Loew is Associate Professor in Philosophy at Umeå University. His
primary research is in metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of action. He has published articles on topics pertaining to the direction of time, causation, counterfactuals, laws of nature, free will, and personal identity.