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A Physical Critique of Physical Causation

Tracy Lupher
Synthese
Vol. 167, No. 1 (Mar., 2009), pp. 67-80
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40271204
Page Count: 14
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A Physical Critique of Physical Causation
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Abstract

The conserved quantities theory of causation (CQTC) attempts to use physics as the basis for an account of causation. However, a closer examination of the physics involved in CQTC reveals several critical failures. Some of the conserved quantities in physics cannot be used to distinguish causal interactions. Other conserved quantities cannot always be the properties of fields or particles. Finally, CQCT does not account for causal interactions that are static.

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