In his book « An Essay on Free Will», Peter Van Inwagen wrote:
«Despite the parallels i want to draw between the stars and the laws of nature, I want also to insist on an important difference between our powers with respect of these two classes of objects. It is quite conceivable that human power will grow to the extent that we shall one day be able to alter the stars in their courses. But we shall never be able to do anything about the laws of nature.» (Peter Van Inwagen «An Essay on Free Will», page 61; the bold is put by me).
There are some mistakes on these thoughts of Van Ingwagen. First, laws of nature are not objects but processes, ie, links between objects, functioning of these. Second, if we alter the stars in their courses we alter some laws of nature because the movement of a star is a particular law of nature.
This is an example of shallowness of analytic philosophy.
© (Direitos de autor para Francisco Limpo de Faria Queiroz)