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An investigation into the concept of natural law, with emphasis on its role in the sciences and metaphysics. Topics include linguistic versus ontological conceptions of laws, their modal status, and connections to other aspects of knowledge described by scientific theories concerning properties, dispositions, causation, and models. Related issues include the universality of laws, ceteris paribus laws, deterministic versus indeterministic laws, reductionism, emergentism, and the unity (or disunity) of the sciences. Sessions will combine lectures, student presentations, and discussions of classic and contemporary literature.


Course Information

  • Course Code: HPS4504H
  • Course Delivery: On Campus
  • Course Credits: 0.5 cc