Causation: A Realist Approach

Hardcover | April 1, 1993

byMichael Tooley

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Traditional empiricist accounts of causation and of laws of nature have been reductionist, in the sense of entailing that, given a complete specification of the non-causal properties of, and relations among, particulars, it is thereby logically determined both what laws there are, and whatevents are causally related. It is argued here, however, that reductionist accounts of causation, and of laws of nature, are exposed to decisive objections, and thus that the time has come for empiricists to break with that tradition. The basic goal of this book, therefore, is to set out, and to defend, realist accounts of these concepts. In the case of causal relations, for example, Tooley maintains that causation is basically a matter of theoretical relations which underlie and explain relative frequencies. He argues thatsuch an approach avoids the objections that tell against reductionist accounts, and that it does so without making casual relations epistemologically inaccessible.

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Traditional empiricist accounts of causation and of laws of nature have been reductionist, in the sense of entailing that, given a complete specification of the non-causal properties of, and relations among, particulars, it is thereby logically determined both what laws there are, and whatevents are causally related. It is argued here...

Michael Tooley is at University of Western Australia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:372 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:April 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198249624

ISBN - 13:9780198249627

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'workmanlike, technically proficient, and well-organized'.J. Lowe, University of Durham, The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 165