Lange and Laws, Kinds, and Counterfactuals

Topics in Contemporary Philosophy volume 8: Carving Nature at its Joints (ed. Matthew Slater) (MIT Press, forthcoming).


In this paper I examine and question Marc Lange’s account of laws, and his claim that the law delineating the range of natural kinds of fundamental particle has a lesser grade of necessity that the laws connecting the fundamental properties of those kinds with their derived properties.