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Getting Causes from Powers

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum


This book develops the theory of causal dispositionalism. Others have already suggested that a theory of causation would follow from an ontology of real dispositions or powers. This book attempts to show how. The book argues that powers come together in complex partnerships producing something together that they could not have produced alone. They will do so in a distinctly dispositional way that is not reducible to necessity. The mode of composition of causes can vary and is sometimes non-linear. The book calls this view compositional pluralism. The book argues for the simultaneity of cause a ... More

Keywords: causation, disposition/power, complexity, context, perception, biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199695614
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695614.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Mumford, author
University of Nottingham

Rani Lill Anjum, author
Norwegian University of Life Sciences