Second edition, Copyright © Norman Swartz, 2003

ISBN 0-9730084-2-3 (e-version)
ISBN 0-9730084-3-1 (CD-ROM)
In Brief
  • Synopsis (prepared by Cambridge University Press for the first [1985] edition)
Reviews Capsule Version and Supplement The first edition (1985), Cambridge University Press, is no longer in catalog.

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    One advantage in downloading the entire book in a single file is that you will then be able to use the search (/find) utility in Adobe Acrobat Reader to locate keywords (of your choosing) anywhere they occur in the book.
cpl-all.pdf (909,642 bytes)

   Chapter by chapter
    Main Menu
mainmenu.htm (7,295 bytes)
1.   Legal notice
Preface (1985)
Preface (2003)
‘Near’ laws and ‘real’ laws
pp. i – viii
pp. 1 – 13
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2.   Falling under a physical law
pp. 14 – 36
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3.   Three theories of physical law
pp. 37 – 43
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4.   Modal properties and modal propositions;
relative and absolute necessity
pp. 44 – 49
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5.   Regularity attacked / Necessitarianism defended
pp. 50 – 61
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6.   Failure versus doom
pp. 62 – 78
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7.   State-descriptions and reductions
pp. 79 – 90
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8.   Potentialities
pp. 91 – 104
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9.   Miracles and marvels
pp. 105 – 115
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10.   Free will and determinism
pp. 116 – 140
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11.   Predictability and uniformity
pp. 141 – 168
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12.   Statistical laws
pp. 169 – 185
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13.   Counterfactuals, numerical laws, and necessity-in-praxis
Postscript: cosmic coincidences
pp. 186 – 220
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   Complementary Reading
  Professor Michael Scriven's paper, "An Essential Unpredictability in Human Behavior" inspired much of what is in Chapters 10 and 11. With his permission, and that of the copyright owner, the Perseus Books Group, I have been able to reproduce that paper on this website.
"An Essential Unpredictability in Human Behavior.pdf" (260,125 bytes)
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