Foundations of Physics

, Volume 40, Issue 9–10, pp 1597–1610 | Cite as

Physics and Causation



The paper makes a case for there being causation in the form of causal properties or causal structures in the domain of fundamental physics. That case is built in the first place on an interpretation of quantum theory in terms of state reductions so that there really are both entangled states and classical properties, GRW being the most elaborate physical proposal for such an interpretation. I then argue that the interpretation that goes back to Everett can also be read in a causal manner, the splitting of the world being conceivable as a causal process. Finally, I mention that the way in which general relativity theory conceives the metrical field opens up the way for a causal conception of the metrical properties as well.


Causal properties Classical properties Direction of time Dispositions Entanglement Everett GRW Measurement problem Metaphysics of science Metrical field Physical structures Propensities Quantum mechanics Spontaneous localizations State reductions 


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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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