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Causally Productive Activities

Bogen, Jim (2006) Causally Productive Activities. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This paper suggests and discusses an answer to the question what distinguishes causal from non-causal or coincidental co-occurrences based on Elizabeth Anscombe’s idea that causality is a highly abstract concept whose meaning derives from our understanding of specific causally productive activities (e.g., pulling, scraping, burning), and her rejection of the assumption that causality can be informatively understood in terms of general regularities of some sort.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: causality, mechanistic explanation, anscombe, inhibition, fermentation
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    General Issues > Explanation
    General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
    Depositing User: jim bogen
    Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:13
    Item ID: 2182
    Public Domain: No
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2182

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