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Do the Causal Principles of Modern Physics Contradict Causal Anti-Fundamentalism?

Norton, John D. (2006) Do the Causal Principles of Modern Physics Contradict Causal Anti-Fundamentalism? [Preprint]

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In Norton(2003), it was urged that the world does not conform at a fundamental level to some robust principle of causality. To defend this view, I now argue that the causal notions and principles of modern physics do not express some universal causal principle, brought to light by discoveries in physics. Rather they merely assert that, according to relativity theory, spacetime has an invariant velocity, that of light; and that theories of matter admit no propagations faster than light.


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Norton, John D.
Additional Information: To appear in Causality: Historical and Contemporary. (provisional title) eds. P. K. Machamer and G. Wolters, University of Pittsburgh Press.
Keywords: cause causation causality anti-fundamentalism physics light cone
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: John Norton
Date Deposited: 06 May 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 2735
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2735

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