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Contact with the Nomic: A Challenge for Deniers of Humean Supervenience about Laws of Nature. Part II: The Epistemological Argument for Humean Supervenience

John Earman and John T. Roberts
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Vol. 71, No. 2 (Sep., 2005), pp. 253-286
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40040858
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Contact with the Nomic: A Challenge for Deniers of Humean Supervenience about Laws of Nature. Part II: The Epistemological Argument for Humean Supervenience
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Abstract

In Part I, we presented and motivated a new formulation of Humean Supervenience about Laws of Nature (HS). Here in Part II, we present an epistemological argument in defense of HS, thus formulated. Our contention is that one can combine a modest realism about laws of nature with a proper recognition of the importance of empirical testability in the epistemology of science only if one accepts HS.

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