The philosophy of the Logos found in classical antiquity admits the existence of universal and stable laws that are responsible for the form and becoming of the cosmos of which human beings and their destiny are a part. Aristotle 384—322 bce ….
Oxford University Press , 1983. Strawson, Galen, The Secret Connexion: The heritages of Hume and Kant converge in the neo-empiricism and phenominalism of Ernst Mach 1838-1916. Regularists and Necessitarians agree as to five conditions necessary for a statement's being a Law of Nature.
As has been noted, the problem of the realist view of the laws of nature that is, other than determinism has been revisited in quantum mechanics.
Still, this difference is minor.
In optics, one speaks of the laws of Fresnel and Huygens and, in fluid dynamics, of the laws of Navier-Stokes and Bernoulli. Law of nature , in the philosophy of science , a stated regularity in the relations or order of phenomena in the world that holds, under a stipulated set of conditions, either universally or in a stated proportion of instances. Goodman, N. Towards a Theology of Natural Laws 1. One of the reasons for this type of inquiry is our contemporary, and rather satisfactory, formulation of a consistent, global, evolutionary picture of the universe, which has the capacity to link the physics of the microcosm with that of the macrocosm.
CINI, Un paradiso perduto.
What is allegedly wrong with there being no distinction between accidental generalizations and 'genuine' Laws of Nature?
Thanks to Arnold Koslow for a helpful correction. Related Entries causation: However, in classical antiquity, in both cases, whether immanent or transcendent, laws were placed within a sacred, divine context, which viewed the ratio of the law or of laws as a reflection of a finalism, or better yet, of a fatum.
That is, the natural world "obeys" the Laws of Nature. In effect what this "law" states is that 'bad money drives out good'.