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The ontology of causal process theories

Anton Froeyman (2012) PHILOSOPHIA. 40(3). p.523-538
abstract
There is a widespread belief that the so-called process theories of causation developed by Wesley Salmon and Phil Dowe have given us an original account of what causation really is. In this paper, I show that this is a misconception. The notion of "causal process" does not offer us a new ontological account of causation. I make this argument by explicating the implicit ontological commitments in Salmon and Dowe's theories. From this, it is clear that Salmon's Mark Transmission Theory collapses to a counterfactual theory of causation, while the Conserved Quantity Theory collapses to David Fair's phsyicalist reduction of causation.
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subject
keyword
Dowe, Salmon, Process theories of causation, Ontological commitments
journal title
PHILOSOPHIA
Philosophia
volume
40
issue
3
pages
523 - 538
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000307312400009
ISSN
0048-3893
DOI
10.1007/s11406-011-9329-2
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2977237
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2977237
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2012-08-31 11:16:51
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2016-12-19 15:39:53
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  author       = {Froeyman, Anton},
  issn         = {0048-3893},
  journal      = {PHILOSOPHIA},
  keyword      = {Dowe,Salmon,Process theories of causation,Ontological commitments},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {523--538},
  title        = {The ontology of causal process theories},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11406-011-9329-2},
  volume       = {40},
  year         = {2012},
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Chicago
Froeyman, Anton. 2012. “The Ontology of Causal Process Theories.” Philosophia 40 (3): 523–538.
APA
Froeyman, A. (2012). The ontology of causal process theories. PHILOSOPHIA, 40(3), 523–538.
Vancouver
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Froeyman A. The ontology of causal process theories. PHILOSOPHIA. 2012;40(3):523–38.
MLA
Froeyman, Anton. “The Ontology of Causal Process Theories.” PHILOSOPHIA 40.3 (2012): 523–538. Print.