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Laws of Nature and Laws of Ecology

Mark Colyvan and Lev R. Ginzburg
Oikos
Vol. 101, No. 3 (Jun., 2003), pp. 649-653
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Nordic Society Oikos
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3547795
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Abstract

We address the question of whether there are laws in ecology. Although there has been a great deal of recent interest in this topic, much of the relevant debate has been conducted under some common misconceptions about what laws of nature are. Once these misconceptions are cleared up, the case for ecology having laws is much stronger. Indeed, we suggest that the case for laws in ecology is no better or worse than the case for laws in physics.

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