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1. The Journal of Philosophy: Volume > 112 > Issue: 11
Lina Jansson Explanatory Asymmetries: Laws of Nature Rehabilitated
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The problem of explanatory non-symmetries provides the strongest reason to abandon the view that laws can figure in explanations without causal underpinnings. I argue that this problem can be overcome. The solution that I propose starts from noticing the importance of conditions of application when laws do explanatory work, and I go on to develop a notion of nomological (non-causal) dependence that can tackle the non-symmetry problem. The strategy is to show how a strong notion of counterfactual dependence as guaranteed by the laws is a plausible account of what we aim towards when we give law-based explanations. The aim of this project is not to deny that causal relations can do explanatory work but to restore laws of nature as capable of being explanatory even in the absence of any knowledge of causal underpinnings.
2. The Journal of Philosophy: Volume > 112 > Issue: 11
Juan Comesaña Normative Requirements and Contrary-to-Duty Obligations
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I argue that normative requirements (like “If you believe that it is raining, you ought to believe that it is precipitating”) should be interpreted as the conditional obligations of dyadic deontic logic. Semantically, normative requirements are conditionals understood as restrictors, the prevailing view of conditionals in linguistics. This means that Modus Ponens is invalid, even when the premises are known.
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3. The Journal of Philosophy: Volume > 112 > Issue: 11
Ralf M. Bader Mark Jago: The Impossible: An Essay on Hyperintensionality
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