Causal Powers by Jonathan D. JacobsCausal Powers by Jonathan D. Jacobs

Causal Powers

EditorJonathan D. Jacobs

Hardcover | May 20, 2017

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Causal powers are ubiquitous. Electrons are negatively charged; they have the power to repel other electrons. Water is a solvent; it has the power to dissolve salt. We use concepts of causal powers and their relatives - dispositions, capacities, abilities, and so on - to describe the worldaround us, both in everyday life and in scientific practice. But what is it about the world that makes such descriptions apt?On one view, the neo-Humean view, there is nothing intrinsic about, say, negative charge, that makes its bearers have the power to repel other negatively charged particles. Rather, matters extrinsic to negative charge, the patterns and regularities in which negatively charged particles are embedded,fix the powers its bearers have. But on a different view, the anti-Humean view, causal powers are intrinsically powerful, bringing with them their own causal, nomic, and modal nature independent of extrinsic patterns and regularities - even fixing those patterns and regularities.This collection brings together new and important work by both emerging scholars and those who helped shape the field on the nature of causal powers, and the connections between causal powers and other phenomena within metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind. Contributors discusshow one who takes causal powers to be in some sense irreducible should think about laws of nature, scientific practice, causation, modality, space and time, persistence, and the metaphysics of mind.
Jonathan D. Jacobs is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. His work is primarily in metaphysics (focused on causal powers and their connection with causation, laws of nature, modality, and free will) and philosophy of religion. He has published articles in Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, and The ...
Title:Causal PowersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:May 20, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Jonathan D. Jacobs: IntroductionPart 1. Science and Laws of Nature2. Nancy Cartwright: Causal Powers: Why Humeans Can't Even Be Instrumentalists3. Anjan Chakravartty: Saving the Scientific Phenomena: What Powers Can and Cannot Do4. Heather Demarest: Powerful Properties, Powerless LawsPart 2. Causation and Modality5. Anna Marmodoro: Aristotelian Powers at Work: Reciprocity without Symmetry in Causation6. Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum: Mutual Manifestation and Martin's Two Triangles7. John Heil: Real Modalities8. Timothy Pawl: Nine Problems (and Even More Solutions) for Powers Accounts of PossibilityPart 3. Space, Time, and Persistence9. Alexander Bird: Manifesting Time and Space: Background-Free Physical Theories10. Neil E. Williams: Powerful Perdurance: Linking Parts with PowersPart 4. Mind11. Lauren Ashwell: Conflicts of Desire: Dispositions and the Metaphysics of Mind12. Max Kistler: Colors and Appearances as Powers and Manifestations13. Robert C. Koons and Alexander Pruss: Must Functionalists Be Aristotelians14. David Robb: Power for the Mental as Such