I argue that modern physics gives us good reason to take seriously the possibility of laws which are non-local, global, or in some other way non-dynamical. I set out a general framework for lawhood which does not presuppose the standard kinematical/dynamical split, and I apply it to the problem of giving a generalized definition of determinism for the non-dynamical context. Finally I make some suggestions about how to draw conclusions about the global structure of the laws of nature from the local observations we are able to make.


Talk Number 21060106
Speaker Profile Emily Adlam
Collection Quantizing Time
Perimeter Institute Recorded Seminar Archive
Subject Quantum Physics