On the Argument from Physics and General Relativity

Erkenntnis 85 (2):333-373 (2020)

Abstract

I argue that the best interpretation of the general theory of relativity has need of a causal entity, and causal structure that is not reducible to light cone structure. I suggest that this causal interpretation of GTR helps defeat a key premise in one of the most popular arguments for causal reductionism, viz., the argument from physics.

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