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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.


April 4, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7 Canada
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