Erkenntnis

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 219–250 | Cite as

Causation and the flow of energy

  • David Fair
Article

Abstract

Causation has traditionally been analyzed either as a relation of nomic dependence or as a relation of counterfactual dependence. I argue for a third program, a physicalistic reduction of the causal relation to one of energy-momentum transference in the technical sense of physics. This physicalistic analysis is argued to have the virtues of easily handling the standard counterexamples to the nomic and counterfactual analyses, offering a plausible epistemology for our knowledge of causes, and elucidating the nature of the relation between causation and physical science.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Co 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Fair
    • 1
  1. 1.Princeton universityPrincetonUSA

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