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Causal Perspectivalism

Price, Huw (2005) Causal Perspectivalism. [Preprint]

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    Concepts employed in folk descriptions of the world often turn out to be more perspectival than they seem at first sight, involving previously unrecognised sensitivity to the viewpoint or 'situation' of the user of the concept in question. Often, it is progress in science that reveals such perspectivity, and the deciding factor is that we realise that other creatures would apply the same concepts with different extension, in virtue of differences between their circumstances and ours. In this paper I argue that causal concepts are perspectival in this way, and describe the 'situation' on which they depend in terms of an abstract characterisation of the viewpoint of a deliberating agent. I argue that this approach makes better sense than rivals of the apparent asymmetry and temporal orientation of the causal relation.

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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in Huw Price and Richard Corry, eds., Causation, Physics and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited (OUP, 2006)
    Keywords: Causation, causality, perspectivalism, time-asymmetry
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Depositing User: Prof Huw Price
    Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2005
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:13
    Item ID: 2225

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