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The Universality of Laws in Space and Time

Robert Rynasiewicz
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
Vol. 1986, Volume One: Contributed Papers (1986), pp. 66-75
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/193108
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The Universality of Laws in Space and Time
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Abstract

A number of writers have suggested that laws of nature must be universal in space and time. Just what this claim amounts to is the focus of the present study. I consider and compare a number of interpretations of the requirement, with especial reference to an example by Tooley which seems paradigmatic of the antithesis of universality in space and time. I also sketch a number of other concepts of "local", "global", and "universal", each of which should be kept distinct from "universality in space and time". I leave open the issue whether or not laws must satisfy any of the requirements.

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