Article ID: CBB001201356

Miracles and Two Accounts of Scientific Laws (2014)


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
Adrien Vila Valls
Ismael, J. T.
Jean Houston
Philippe Stamenkovic
Connolly, Patrick J.
Kunihisa Morita
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
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 C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Springer Nature
State University of New York Press
Prometheus Books
Oxford University Press
Philosophy of science
Science and religion
Quantum mechanics
Free will and determinism
Hume, David
Berkeley, George
Condillac, Étienne Bonnot de
Whytt, Robert
Locke, John
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
18th century
17th century
Early modern

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