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It's one thing to rule them all and another thing to bind them

Tallant, Jonathan; Baron, Sam


Sam Baron


In this paper we offer a response to one argument in favour of Priority Monism, what Jonathan Schaffer calls the nomic argument for monism. We proceed in three stages. We begin by introducing Jonathan Schaffer’s Priority Monism and the nomic argument for that view. We then consider a response to the nomic argument that we presented in an earlier paper (Baron and Tallant, 2016)). We show that this argument suffers from a flaw. We then go on to offer a different response to the nomic argument. The core idea is that the current laws of physics are not integrated in the manner that Schaffer requires to get the nomic argument for monism off the ground.


Tallant, J., & Baron, S. (2021). It's one thing to rule them all and another thing to bind them. Synthese, 198(1), 105-115.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 12, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 15, 2018
Publication Date 2021-01
Deposit Date Oct 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 26, 2018
Journal Synthese
Print ISSN 0039-7857
Electronic ISSN 1573-0964
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 198
Issue 1
Pages 105-115
Keywords Philosophy; General Social Sciences
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Additional Information Received: 26 April 2018; Accepted: 12 October 2018; First Online: 15 November 2018


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