Governing laws are thought to be the scourge of Humeanism.1 How remarkable for John Roberts, a philosopher with Humean credentials, to take as his starting point the seemingly metaphysically luscious (and playfully Borgean) thesis:

The laws of nature govern the universe in the sense that the universe cannot but conform to them; their requirements are not merely required but are also inevitable; with them, resistance is futile. (p. 1)

There is no dodge: These governing laws are not all logically necessary truths. Nor is a skepticism or eliminativism lurking; a further epistemological part of the law-governed world-picture is that what the laws are is discoverable by our science. Furthermore, this starting point is not being presented so as to be refuted....

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