/ Ceteris Paribus Laws: Generics and Natural Kinds
This is reflected in the debates in which cp-laws have figured prominently. Two examples concern explanation and the nature of theories. In the case of explanation, opponents of the DN-account have argued that cp-laws are unsuited to appear in deductively subsuming explanations, but that the special sciences nonetheless are capable of offering serious explanations of the phenomena they study. In the case of theories, opponents of the view that theories are, or are properly modeled by, deductively closed axiomatic systems have argued that cp-laws are unsuited to enter into the deductive relations that this view would require of them. In both cases, it is a problem about the deductive relations cp-laws enter into, and thus about the proposition said to be a law, that animates the debate.
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