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Is There an Independent Principle of Causality in Physics? A Comment on Matthias Frisch, “Causal Reasoning in Physics.”

Norton, John D. (2008) Is There an Independent Principle of Causality in Physics? A Comment on Matthias Frisch, “Causal Reasoning in Physics.”. In: [2008] Causation Workshop (Pittsburgh, PA; January 26, 2008).

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    Abstract

    Matthias Frisch has argued that the requirement that electromagnetic dispersion processes are causal adds empirical content not found in electrodynamic theory. I urge that this attempt to reconstitute a local principle of causality in physics fails. An independent principle is not needed to recover the results of dispersion theory. The use of “causality conditions” prove to be either an exercise in relabeling an already presumed fact; or, if one seeks a broader, independently formulated grounding for the conditions, that grounding either fails or dissolves into vagueness and ambiguity, as has traditionally been the fate of candidate principles of causality.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Additional Information: For later versions, see http://www.pitt.edu/~jdnorton
    Keywords: causality causation dispersion scattering
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    General Issues > Causation
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
    Conferences and Volumes: [2008] Causation Workshop (Pittsburgh, PA; January 26, 2008)
    Depositing User: John Norton
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 3832
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3832

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