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What's Right and What's Wrong with Transference Theories


Dowe, P, What's Right and What's Wrong with Transference Theories, Erkenntnis, 42, (3) pp. 363-374. ISSN 0165-0106 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/BF01129010


This paper examines the Transference Theory of causation, developed originally by Aronson (1971) and Fair (1979). Three difficulties for that theory are presented: firstly, problems associated with the direction of transference and causal asymmetry; secondly, the case of persistence as causation, for example where a body's own inertia is the cause of its motion; and thirdly the problematic notion of identity through time of physical quantities such as energy or momentum. Finally, the theory is compared with the Conserved Quantity Theory (Dowe 1992c), and it is shown that that account embodies the modifications that the transference theory needs to adopt. © 1995 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Logic
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Dowe, P (Mr Phil Dowe)
ID Code:4105
Year Published:1995
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-22

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