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26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 1. Causation / d. Naturalised causation

[causation explained in terms of natural phenomena]

23 ideas
Is there cause outside matter, and can it be separated, and is it one or many? [Aristotle]
Some say that causes are physical, some say not [Sext.Empiricus]
The old 'influx' view of causation says it is a flow of accidental properties from A to B [Jolley on Suárez]
Causes are the substances which have the powers to produce action [Locke]
A causal interaction is when two processes intersect, and correlated modifications persist afterwards [Salmon]
Negative causations supervene on positive causations plus their laws? [Armstrong]
Science has shown that causal relations are just transfers of energy or momentum [Sosa/Tooley on Fair]
Fair shifted his view to talk of counterfactuals about energy flow [Schaffer,J on Fair]
Reductionists can't explain accidents, uninstantiated laws, probabilities, or the existence of any laws [Tooley]
If direction of causation is just direction of energy transfer, that seems to involve causation [Sosa/Tooley]
Causation isn't energy transfer, because an electron is caused by previous temporal parts [Sosa/Tooley]
Causation in the material world is energy-transfer, of motion, electricity or gravity [McGinn]
We should analyse causation in terms of powers, not vice versa [Molnar]
A cause has its effects in virtue of its properties [Crane]
Causation interaction is an exchange of conserved quantities, such as mass, energy or charge [Psillos on Dowe]
Physical causation consists in transference of conserved quantities [Mumford/Anjum on Dowe]
We should explain causation by powers, not powers by causation [Bird]
Causation transcends nature, because absences can cause things [Schaffer,J]
Causation may not be a process, if a crucial part of the process is 'disconnected' [Schaffer,J]
A causal process needs to be connected to the effect in the right way [Schaffer,J]
Causation can't be a process, because a process needs causation as a primitive [Schaffer,J]
Since causal events are related by mechanisms, causation can be analysed in that way [Glennan]
Causation is the passing around of powers [Mumford/Anjum]