Laws and truth-makers: A critical interpretation of M. Tooley’s Nomological Realism
The main thesis defended by Michael Tooley in his article The Nature of Laws says that relations between universals are the authentic truth-makers of nomological statements and laws. This thesis may not be attractive to a lot of philosophers, since it implies a strong realism about universals. We in turn think that some inconsistencies into which the author falls when holding his position or when he tries to show the supposed attractiveness of his view with respect to that of his opponents are more serious. This paper aims to identify such inconsistencies and demonstrate that his view of nomological statements involves a strong commitment to Platonism.
Keywords: nomological statements, truth-makers, relations between universals, Platonism, laws.
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