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Causal Realism and the Laws of Nature


Corry, RL, Causal Realism and the Laws of Nature, Philosophy of Science, 73, (3) pp. 261-276. ISSN 0031-8248 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1086/515417


This paper proposes a revision of our understanding of causation that is designed to address what Hartry Field has suggested is the central problem in the metaphysics of causation today: reconciling Bertrand Russell’s arguments that the concept of causation can play no role in the advanced sciences with Nancy Cartwright’s arguments that causal concepts are essential to a scientific understanding of the world. The paper shows that Russell’s main argument is, ironically, very similar to an argument that Cartwright has put forward against the truth of universal laws of nature. The paper uses this insight to develop an account of causation that does justice to traditional views yet avoids the arguments of Russell.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Metaphysics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Corry, RL (Dr Richard Corry)
ID Code:44816
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2007-06-22
Last Modified:2012-04-02
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