SOPhiA 2017

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Laws and Powers in the Frame of Nature
(Plenary Lecture, English, Location: HS E.002)

The aim of this talk is to revisit the current debate concerning laws of nature and natural powers in light of a re-assessment of the major relevant arguments during the seventeenth century debate. I will revive and defend what I take it to be an essentially Newtonian argument, viz., that to introduce a natural npower is to introduce a law and conversely. I will then show how this dual-aspect metaphysics of laws and powers helps us understand better the current debate about natural necessity and to re-conceptualise the relation between laws and powers in the current metaphysics of science.

Chair: Alexander Gebharter
Time: 14:30-16:00, 13 September 2017 (Wednesday)
Location: HS E.002

Stathis Psillos 
(University of Athens, Greece)

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