Williamson, J. (2011) Mechanistic theories of causality. Philosophy Compass, 6 (6). pp. 421-447.
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Part I of this paper introduces a range of mechanistic theories of causality, including process theories and the complex-systems theories, and some of the problems they face. Part II argues that while there is a decisive case against a purely mechanistic analysis, a viable theory of causality must incorporate mechanisms as an ingredient, and describes one way of providing an analysis of causality which reaps the rewards of the mechanistic approach without succumbing to its pitfalls.
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages|
|Depositing User:||Jon Williamson|
|Date Deposited:||31 May 2011 11:44|
|Last Modified:||20 Jan 2012 15:04|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/27845 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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