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Paper   IPM / Philosophy / 12247
School of Analytic Philosophy
  Title:   Laws and counterfactuals: defusing an argument against the Humean view of laws
  Author(s):  kaave Lajevardi
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Dialogue
  No.:  04
  Vol.:  50
  Year:  2011
  Pages:   751-758
  Supported by:  IPM
  Abstract:
Appealing to the failure of counterfactual support is a standard device in refuting a Humean view on laws of nature: some true generalizations do not support relevant counterfactuals; therefore not every true general fact is a law of nature?so goes the refutation. I will argue that this strategy does not work, for our understanding of the truth-value of any counterfactual is grounded in our understanding of the lawhood of some statements related to it.

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