Definition of nomological in English:

nomological

Line breaks: nomo|logic¦al
Pronunciation: /ˌnɒməˈlɒdʒɪkəl
 
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adjective

  • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 another term for nomothetic.
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    • 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.
    • This way, one might have interaction yet preserve a kind of nomological closure, in the sense that no laws are infringed.
    • A nomological network seeks to relate theoretical constructs to each other, theoretical constructs to observable measures, and observable measures to each other.

Derivatives

nomologically

adverb
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  • The mental is distinct from the physical but nomologically supervenes on it.
  • In other words, take two tokens of a nomologically reversible process type, say A and B, and let B be the actively time reversed process of A, then this interpretation claims that A and B causally develop in the same direction of time.
  • Indeed, this is exactly what happens in the nomologically possible cases discovered by Gödel.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek nomos 'law' + -logical (see -logy).

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