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Process Causality and Asymmetry

Phil Dowe
Erkenntnis (1975-)
Vol. 37, No. 2 (Sep., 1992), pp. 179-196
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20012433
Page Count: 18
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Process Causality and Asymmetry
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Abstract

Process theories of causality seek to explicate causality as a property of individual causal processes. This paper examines the capacity of such theories to account for the asymmetry of causation. Three types of theories of asymmetry are discussed: the subjective, the temporal, and the physical, the third of these being the preferred approach. Asymmetric features of the world, namely the entropic and Kaon arrows, are considered as possible sources of causal asymmetry and a physical theory of asymmetry is subsequently developed with special reference to the questions of objectivity and backwards causation.

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