This question came forth from a discussion I was having. Suppose that the universe is deterministic because of some laws. But those laws themselves exist for no reason.
Does this mean that the laws, but not the universe, exist for no reason? Or does this mean the universe, which the laws are part of as a joint unit, exists for no reason?
Is this purely a semantic issue or would there a correct metaphysical answer to this? I’m not really sure as to what part of philosophy this belongs in. I was guessing this may be related to whether mathematics is “real” or not, but mathematics to me seems like just a language for laws. There seems to be something ontic about laws but I’m not sure what to classify them as and was interested in resources that talk about this.