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Causally Productive Activities

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

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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
Bogen, Jim
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 15:13
Item ID: 2182
Public Domain: No

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