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1Relating to or denoting principles that resemble laws, especially those laws of nature which are neither logically necessary nor theoretically explicable, but just are so.
- ‘I take it that Quine has in mind a causal or nomological sense.’
- ‘Many standard theories of causation also endorse this conclusion, for example, if we are willing to assume it is a law that all ravens are black, then nomological theories of causation will support the claim.’
- ‘The laws linking mind and brain are what Feigl calls nomological danglers, that is, brute facts added onto the body of integrated physical law.’
- 1.1another term for nomothetic
- ‘For Boyle, physical objects do exhibit nomological regularities, but this is a contingent fact about the world, or rather, for Boyle was cautious about generalizing, about the spatio-temporal portion of it we occupy.’
- ‘A nomological network seeks to relate theoretical constructs to each other, theoretical constructs to observable measures, and observable measures to each other.’
- ‘What we want is a characterization of every physical process so that the invariance of cause and effect corresponds to nomological irreversibility.’
- ‘Four of those theories are nomological, and only one is historical.’
- ‘This way, one might have interaction yet preserve a kind of nomological closure, in the sense that no laws are infringed.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek nomos law + -logical (see -logy).
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