Maarten Maartensz:    Philosophical Dictionary | Filosofisch Woordenboek

 U - Uniformity of nature


Uniformity of nature: Thesis to the effect that at least some parts or relations of the things that belong to nature remain what and as they are through some time.

The formulation given is a fairly weak one, and allows for the possibility that what has remained uniformly the same for some time need not remain so.

Something like uniformity of nature seems a necessary assumption to do empirical science, in as much as one cannot even test some proposed regularity without assuming other regularities.


See also: Invariance



 Original: Jul 21, 2006                                                 Last edited: 21 July 2006.   Top