Getting Causes From Powers

Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press. Edited by Rani Lill Anjum (2011)
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Abstract

Causation is everywhere in the world: it features in every science and technology. But how much do we understand it? Mumford and Anjum develop a new theory of causation based on an ontology of real powers or dispositions. They provide the first detailed outline of a thoroughly dispositional approach, and explore its surprising features

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Explanation, Absences and Counterfactuals

Various epistemological concerns are addressed in this chapter. Powers can be used for explanation and prediction, using the vector model outlined in Chapter 2. The dispositional view explains, however, how both are defeasible. Along with the lack of necessity in the dispositional account ... see more

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Stephen Mumford
Durham University
Rani Anjum
University of Tromsø (PhD)

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