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Physical causation

Author: Phil Dowe
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Series: Cambridge studies in probability, induction, and decision theory.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Physical Causation discusses in a systematic way an original, positive account of causation: the conserved quantities account of causal processes that Phil Down has been developing over the last ten years." "Dowe offers a account of causation based firmly in contemporary science. The book describes causal processes and interactions in terms of conserved quantities: a causal process is the world line of an object  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Phil Dowe
ISBN: 0521780497 9780521780490 0521039754 9780521039758
OCLC Number: 42689982
Description: ix, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Horses for Courses: Causation and the Task of Philosophy --
2. Hume's Legacy: Regularity, Counterfactual and Probabilistic Theories of Causation --
3. Transference Theories of Causation --
4. Process Theories of Causation --
5. The Conserved Quantity Theory --
6. Prevention and Omission --
7. Connecting Causes and Effects --
8. The Direction of Causation and Backwards-in-Time Causation.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in probability, induction, and decision theory.
Responsibility: Phil Dowe.
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This book, published in 2000, discusses in a systematic way, a positive account of causation: the conserved quantities account of causal processes. It is an important book that will be widely  Read more...

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