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Transference, or identity theories of causation?

María José García-Encinas
Theoria: An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
SEGUNDA EPOCA, Vol. 19, No. 1(49) (Enero 2004), pp. 31-47
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23924132
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Abstract

Transference theorists propose to explain causation in terms of the transference of a physical element. I argue, in two steps, that this is not possible. First, I show that available accounts of 'transference' ultimately convey that transference —and, consequently, causation— is the (non-relational) identity over time of the transferred element (a universal, a trope, or even an absolute substance). But, second, I try to defend, it is conceptually impossible that causation is (non-relational) identity.

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