Abstract: Changes in 18th-century science produced a very drastic transformation in what counts as a basic law of nature. Fundamental physics turns into a taxonomic system of differential equations. In the wake of this change, basic laws lose their (previous) connection to substance metaphysics, philosophical warrant for their truth, and any obvious causal import. The problem persists to this very day, at least in classical physics.
PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: Carl C. Icahn Lab Room 101