UMB School of Economics and Business
UMB PhilSci Forum
Thursday 17 March 2011. 16.15 - 18.00: Stephen Mumford: ‘A world without laws’. Tårnbygningen, room T401
What is a law of nature? Are there such laws and all? And if so, what role do they play in the world? Do they govern the behaviour of things, or do they merely describe such behaviour? A world without laws is often taken to be a chaotic one, without regularity or the possibility of prediction. In this lecture, Stephen Mumford argues that there are in fact no laws i nature and that no laws are needed.
Stephen Mumford is Professor of Metaphysics at Nottingham University. He is the author of Dispositions
(Oxford 1998), Russell on Metaphysics
(Routledge 2003), Laws in Nature
(Routledge 2004), and co-author of Getting Causes From Powers (Oxford 2011).
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