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The regularity theorist is right in this at least, that there is this conceptual connection between regularities and law. But, as remarked earlier, the relation is not one of identity—they are not the same thing (any more than eating with enthusiasm and hunger are the same thing). Mere identity, the position of the naive regularity theorist, is ruled out by straightforward defeasibility of the criterial conditions. We have already seen this in action. We may have a regularity, but we see that it is accidental—all Fs may be Gs, but for each of these things there is an explanation of its being G that has nothing to do with its being F.

By having that generalization we can dispense with the many generalizations that mention specific masses, forces, and accelerations. From the overarching generalization these more specific ones may be derived. That is to say, our system will be axiomatic; it will comprise the smallest set of laws from which it is possible to deduce all other laws. This shows an increase in simplicity—few generalizations instead of many—and in strength, as the overarching generalization will have consequences not entailed by the collection of specific generalizations.

The simplest way of systematizing a collection of distinct points on a graph is to draw the simplest line through them. And we will only want one line, as adding a second line through the same points will make the system much less simple without adding to the power of the system, because the first line already captures the facts we are interested in. Thus in a systematic version of minimalism we will have non-gappy functional laws that are unique in their domain. 12 The idea is that we regard the system as axiomatized, that is to say we boil the system down to the most general principles from which the regularities that are laws follow.

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