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Causation in Science

Yemima Ben-Menahem


This book explores the role of causal constraints in science, shifting our attention from causal relations between individual events—the focus of most philosophical treatments of causation—to a broad family of concepts and principles generating constraints on possible change. The book looks at determinism, locality, stability, symmetry principles, conservation laws, and the principle of least action—causal constraints that serve to distinguish events and processes that our best scientific theories mandate or allow from those they rule out. The book's approach reveals that causation is just as ... More

Keywords: causal constraints, science, causation, locality, determinism, stability, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, causal eliminativism, causal reductionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691174938
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174938.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yemima Ben-Menahem, author
Hebrew University of Jerusalem