Causation in a Physical World
Field (Hartry)
Source: Loux & Zimmerman, eds., Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics (Oxford University Press 2003)
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    This is an opinionated survey of some recent work on causation1. Its focus is on how to reconcile the utility of causal concepts in their application to macroscopic phenomena with the absence of those concepts from fundamental physics--and with the further fact that causal talk seems to require laws with a quite different form than those we find in mature physical theories. Special emphasis is put on the directionality of causal claims, and what is required to ground this within fundamental physics. (Lewis's attempt to ground it is deemed seriously inadequate.)

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