Norton, John D. (2008) Is There an Independent Principle of Causality in Physics? A Comment on Matthias Frisch, “Causal Reasoning in Physics.”. In:  Causation Workshop (Pittsburgh, PA; January 26, 2008).
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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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|Keywords:||causality causation dispersion scattering|
|Subjects:||Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics|
General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
|Conferences and Volumes:|| Causation Workshop (Pittsburgh, PA; January 26, 2008)|
|Depositing User:||John Norton|
|Date Deposited:||23 Jan 2008|
|Last Modified:||07 Oct 2010 11:16|
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