The Concept of Physical Law is an original and creative defense of
the Regularity theory of physical law, the concept that physical
laws are nothing more than descriptions of whatever universal
truths happen to be instanced in nature. Professor Swartz clearly
identifies and analyzes the arguments and intuitions of the
opposing Necessitarian theory, and argues that the standard
objection to the Regularity theory turns on a mistaken view of what
Regularists mean by 'physical impossibility'; that it is impossible
to construct an empirical test that can distinguish between events
Necessitarians call 'mere accidents' and those they call
'nornologically necessary', and that the Necessitarian theory
cannot account fot human beings' free wills. Other topics in this
important work include: the distinction between instrumental
scientific laws and true physical laws; the distinction between
failure and doom; potentialities; miracles and marvels;
predictability and uniformity; statistical and numerical laws; and
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