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The Metaphysics of Ceteris Paribus Laws

Universality is not sufficient to distinguish laws of nature from accidental regularities. A multitude of additional defining features have been suggested. Yet, once it is acknowledged that exceptionless universality is not the only criterion for lawhood it is possible to start questioning whether it is necessary.

In this book I take this step and I conclude that existing theories—especially David Lewis’s and David Armstrong’s—are, in fact, strong enough to guarantee lawhood even if there are instances that do not conform to the laws. I also advance two novel theories for special science ceteris paribus laws.

My arguments also cover themes from philosophy of religion (miracles) and cosmology (black holes and other singularities)

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