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Physics and causation

Esfeld, Michael (2009) Physics and causation. [Preprint]

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The paper makes a case for there being causation in the form of causal properties or causal structures in the domain of fundamental physics. That case is built in the first place on an interpretation of quantum theory in terms of state reductions so that there really are both entangled states and classical properties, GRW being the most elaborate physical proposal for such an interpretation. I then argue that the interpretation that goes back to Everett can also be read in a causal manner, the splitting of the world being conceivable as a causal process. Finally, I mention that the way in which general relativity theory conceives the metrical field opens up the way for a causal conception of the metrical properties as well.


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Esfeld, Michael
Keywords: causal properties, classical properties, direction of time, dispositions, entanglement, Everett, GRW, measurement problem, metaphysics of science, metrical field, physical structures, propensities, quantum mechanics, spontaneous localizations, state reductions
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Michael Esfeld
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2009
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:18
Item ID: 4927
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4927

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