M. Lange, There sweep great general principles which all the laws seem to follow
April 4, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
I will distinguish two ways in which these “”great general principles”” (such as
the conservation laws) might hold: as constraints on the first-order laws of nature or as
coincidences of them. I will characterize what difference it would make that the
conservation laws are constraints rather than coincidences, drawing on some examples from
the history of science. This account will give us a way to understand what a hierarchy of
natural necessities would be.