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Causality in the Sciences$
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Phyllis McKay Illari, Federica Russo, and Jon Williamson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199574131

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574131.001.0001

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Explicating the notion of ‘causation’: The role of extensive quantities

Explicating the notion of ‘causation’: The role of extensive quantities

(p.502) 24 Explicating the notion of ‘causation’: The role of extensive quantities
Causality in the Sciences

Giovanni Boniolo

Rossella Faraldo

Antonio Saggion

Oxford University Press

This chapter proposes an empirical explication of the notion of ‘causation’, which the chapter calls a generalized explication of ‘causation’ (GEC), based on the numerical balance between instantiations of extensive quantities. In this way, the chapter shows that both the conserved and the non‐conserved quantities have a role. It follows that the Salmon–Dowe approach should be considered valid only in particular cases.

Keywords:   causation, conserved quantites, explication, extensive quantitites, non conserved quantities

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