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Fluid Convection, Constraint and Causation

Bishop, Robert (2011) Fluid Convection, Constraint and Causation. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Complexity–nonlinear dynamics for my purposes in this essay–is rich with metaphysical and epistemological implications but is only recently receiving sustained philosophical analysis. I will explore some of the subtleties of causation and constraint in Rayleigh-Bénard convection as an example of a complex phenomenon, and extract some lessons for further philosophical reflection on top-down constraint and causation particularly with respect to causal foundationalism.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Complexity, nonlinear dynamics, contextual emergence, causal foundationalism, laws
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    General Issues > Laws of Nature
    General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    Depositing User: Dr Robert C. Bishop
    Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2011 10:20
    Last Modified: 03 Sep 2011 10:20
    Item ID: 8773
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8773

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