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Nina Emery: “Laws and their Instances”

Nina Emery
(Mount Holyoke College)

Thursday, November 2, 4:00pm-6:00pm

CUNY Graduate Center, The Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, Room 5307

There will be a reception following the talk. All are welcome!

“Laws and Their Instances”

I present an argument for the view that laws ground their instances. I then outline two important consequences that follow if we accept the conclusion of this argument. First, the claim that laws ground their instances threatens to undermine a prominent recent attempt to make sense of the explanatory power of Humean laws by distinguishing between metaphysical and scientific explanation. And second, the claim that laws ground their instances gives rise to a novel argument against the view that grounding relations are metaphysically necessary.

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