How to be Humean about idealisation laws

Toby T Friend

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If one has Humean inclinations, what account should one provide for idealisation
laws? I introduce the most currently popular Humean approach to laws of nature: the
best system account, along with some basic requirements for how to be the Humean. I
then show why idealisation laws are unlikely to be accommodated within this account
of laws. Finally, I offer an alternative approach, which takes idealisation laws to be
meta-laws, placing requirements on the theorems of the best system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Early online date4 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Bibliographical note

The research for this article has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s (EU) Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No 771509 (‘MetaScience’).


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