/ Ceteris Paribus Laws: Generics and Natural Kinds
Practitioners of the special sciences, such as psychology, biology, or geography, articulate generalizations that seem to differ in important respects from the laws that physicists present. Only the former tolerate exceptions, and we can mark this fact by saying that they are generalizations that hold other things equal, or ceteris paribus. These are the generalizations that are traditionally called cp-laws, though I’ll argue below that this label is misleading.
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