Are conservation laws metaphysically necessary?

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Are laws of nature necessary, and if so, are all laws of nature necessary in the same way? This question has played an important role in recent discussion of laws of nature. I argue that not all laws of nature are necessary in the same way: conservation laws are perhaps to be regarded as metaphysically necessary. This sheds light on both the modal character of conservation laws and the relationship between different varieties of necessity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)898-906
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013


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