Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited by Huw PriceCausation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited by Huw Price

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

EditorHuw Price, Richard Corry

Paperback | March 22, 2007

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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 isa 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 thedirectionality of causation - the difference between cause and effect, and the fact that causes typically precede their effects. In this important collection of new essays, 13 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 present their world in causal terms.
Huw Price is ARC Federation Fellow and Challis Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. Dr. Richard Corry is Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania.
Title:Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic RevisitedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:March 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Huw Price and Richard Corry: A case for causal republicanism?2. John D. Norton: Causation as folk science3. Christopher Hitchcock: What Russell got right4. Jim Woodward: Causation with a human face5. Adam Elga: Isolation and folk physics6. Arif Ahmed: Agency and causation7. Antony Eagle: Pragmatic causation8. Peter Menzies: Causation in context9. Helen Beebee: Hume on causation: the projectivist interpretation10. Huw Price: Causal perspectivalism11. Barry Loewer: Counterfactuals and the second law12. Douglas Kutach: The physical foundations of causation13. Mathias Frisch: Causation, counterfactuals, and entropy