Article ID: CBB001201356

Miracles and Two Accounts of Scientific Laws (2014)

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Keywords: causality;determinism;divine action;empiricism;free will;David Hume;miracles;philosophy of science;quantum mechanics;science Abstract Since early modernity, it has often been assumed that miracles are incompatible with the existence of the natural laws utilized in the sciences. This paper argues that this assumption is largely an artifact of empiricist accounts of laws that should be rejected for reasons internal to philosophy of science, and that no such incompatibility arises on the most important alternative interpretations, which treat laws as expressions of forces, dispositions, or causal powers.

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Authors & Contributors
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Lange, Marc
Cuffaro, Michael
Thurs, Daniel Patrick
Ross, Richard J.
Bussey, Peter J.
Journals
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Past and Present
Science and Christian Belief
Zygon
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Publishers
Thoemmes
Blackwell Publishers
State University of New York Press
Urbaniana University Press
Prometheus Books
Oxford University Press
Concepts
Science and religion
Philosophy of science
Causality
Physics
Quantum mechanics
Free will and determinism
People
Hume, David
Aristotle
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Berkeley, George
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Kant, Immanuel
Time Periods
20th century
17th century
18th century
19th century
20th century, early
16th century
Places
Scotland
Europe
Greece
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