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Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited
     

Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited

by Huw Price, Richard Corry
 

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ISBN-10: 0199278199

ISBN-13: 9780199278190

Pub. Date: 04/28/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In philosophy, as in ordinary life, cause and effect are twin pillars on which much of our thought seems based. But almost a century ago, Bertrand Russell declared that modern physics leaves these pillars without foundations. Russell's revolutionary conclusion was that 'the law of causality is a relic of a bygone age, surviving, like the monarchy, only because it is

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In philosophy, as in ordinary life, cause and effect are twin pillars on which much of our thought seems based. But almost a century ago, Bertrand Russell declared that modern physics leaves these pillars without foundations. Russell's revolutionary conclusion was that 'the law of causality is a relic of a bygone age, surviving, like the monarchy, only because it is erroneously supposed to do no harm'.

Russell's famous challenge remains unanswered. Despite dramatic advances in physics, the intervening century has taken us no closer to an explanation of how to find a place for causation in a world of the kind that physics reveals. In particular, we still have no satisfactory account of the directionality of causation-the difference between cause and effect, and the fact that causes typically precede their effects. In this important collection of new essays, thirteen leading scholars revisit Russell's revolution, in search of reconciliation. The connecting theme in these essays is that to reconcile causation with physics, we need to put ourselves in the picture: we need to think about why creatures in our situation should represent their world in causal terms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199278190
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Notes on Contributors     ix
A Case for Causal Republicanism?   Huw Price   Richard Corry     1
Causation as Folk Science   John D. Norton     11
What Russell Got Right   Christopher Hitchcock     45
Causation with a Human Face   Jim Woodward     66
Isolation and Folk Physics   Adam Elga     106
Agency and Causation   Arif Ahmed     120
Pragmatic Causation   Antony Eagle     156
Causation in Context   Peter Menzies     191
Hume on Causation: The Projectivist Interpretation   Helen Beebee     224
Causal Perspectivalism   Huw Price     250
Counterfactuals and the Second Law   Barry Loewer     293
The Physical Foundations of Causation   Douglas Kutach     327
Causation, Counterfactuals, and Entropy   Mathias Frisch     351
Index     397

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