Ideas from 'Causation in a Physical World' by Hartry Field [2003], by Theme Structure

[found in 'The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics' (ed/tr Loux,M /Zimmerman,D) [OUP 2005,0-19-928422-9]].

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26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 1. Causation / a. Causation
Explain single events by general rules, or vice versa, or probability explains both, or they are unconnected
26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 1. Causation / e. Direction of causation
Physical laws are largely time-symmetric, so they make a poor basis for directional causation
Identifying cause and effect is not just conventional; we explain later events by earlier ones
The only reason for adding the notion of 'cause' to fundamental physics is directionality