Causation in Physics

According to a widespread view, causal notions have no legitimate role to play in mature physical theorizing. This view, which can be traced back to Russell’s famous attack on the notion of cause, has proponents even among those who, like proponents of interventionist and Bayes Net accounts of causation, believe that causal notions have an important place in the special sciences and in our folk conception of the world.  In this talk I critically examine a range of general arguments for the view and discuss a case of causal modeling in physics - linear response theory.

July 9, 2010 / 11.25 a.m. / LMU Munich (M210)

Currently Mathias Frisch is conducting research at the Seminar for Philosophy, Logic and Philosophy of Science at LMU Munich as a Humboldt Scholar.
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