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- DescriptionMuch has been written on the role of causal tions and causal reasoning in the so-called 'special sciences' and in common sense. But does causal reasoning also play a role in physics? Mathias Frisch argues that, contrary to what influential philosophical arguments purport to show, the answer is yes. Time-asymmetric causal structures are as integral a part of the representational toolkit of physics as a theory's dynamical equations. Frisch develops his argument partly through a critique of anti-causal arguments and partly through a detailed examination of actual examples of causal tions in physics, including causal principles invoked in linear response theory and in representations of radiation phemena. Offering a new perspective on the nature of scientific theories and causal reasoning, this book will be of interest to professional philosophers, graduate students, and anyone interested in the role of causal thinking in science.
- Author BiographyMathias Frisch is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park.
- Author(s)Mathias Frisch
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication30/09/2014
- SubjectScience & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note11 b/w illus.
- Weight520 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine20 mm
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