Metaphysics of laws and ontology of time



Published 01-03-2018
Cord Friebe


At first glance, every metaphysics of laws (Humeanism, primitivism, Power metaphysics) can be combined with every ontology of time (eternalism, growing block, presentism). In contrast, the paper intends to show that Humeanism requires eternalism and that Power metaphysics must presuppose an existentially dynamical view of temporal existence, i.e. growing block or presentism. The presented arguments turn out to be completely independent of whether the laws of nature are deterministic or probabilistic: the world is non-productive and static or productively dynamical, the future be 'open' or not.

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Friebe, C. (2018). Metaphysics of laws and ontology of time. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 33(1), 77–89.
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Humeanism, Dispositionalism, Eternalism, Presentism, Growing Block, Indeterminism