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Causation as Folk Science (The Italian Translation)

Norton, John D. (2003) Causation as Folk Science (The Italian Translation). UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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I deny that the world is fundamentally causal, deriving the skepticism on non-Humean grounds from our enduring failures to find a contingent, universal principle of causality that holds true of our science. I explain the prevalence and fertility of causal notions in science by arguing that a causal character for many sciences can be recovered, when they are restricted to appropriately hospitable domains. There they conform to a loose collection of causal notions that form a folk science of causation. This recovery of causation exploits the same generative power of reduction relations that allows us to recover gravity as a force from Einstein's general relativity and heat as a conserved fluid, the caloric, from modern thermal physics, when each theory is restricted to appropriate domains. Causes are real in science to the same degree as caloric and gravitational forces.

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Norton, John D.
Commentary on: Norton, John D. (2003) Causation as Folk Science. [Preprint]
Keywords: italiano, italia, translation
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Gio Matteo Risso Ricci
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 2768
Public Domain: Yes

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