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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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    Abstract

    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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    Item Type: Preprint
    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 11:14
    Item ID: 2735
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2735

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