Causation and Laws of Nature

  • Howard Sankey

Part of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Laws and Causes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alan Chalmers
      Pages 3-16
  3. Scientific Essentialism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Brian Ellis
      Pages 19-34
    3. D. M. Armstrong
      Pages 35-38
    4. Brian Ellis
      Pages 39-43
    5. John Bigelow
      Pages 45-59
    6. Martin Leckey
      Pages 77-82
  4. Laws, Quantities and Disposition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. David Lewis
      Pages 143-155
    3. J. J. C. Smart
      Pages 161-169
    4. D. M. Armstrong
      Pages 171-172
  5. Causation and Theories of Causation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. F. John Clendinnen
      Pages 187-213
    3. John D. Collier
      Pages 215-245
    4. Kevin B. Korb
      Pages 265-311
    5. Huw Price
      Pages 331-345
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 349-359

About this book


Causation and Laws of Nature is a collection of articles which represents current research on the metaphysics of causation and laws of nature, mostly by authors working in or active in the Australasian region. The book provides an overview of current work on the theory of causation, including counterfactual, singularist, nomological and causal process approaches. It also covers work on the nature of laws of nature, with special emphasis on the scientific essentialist theory that laws of nature are, at base, the fundamental dispositions or capacities of natural kinds of things. Because the book represents a good cross-section of authors currently working on these themes in the Australasian region, it conveys something of the interest and excitement of an active philosophical debate between advocates of several different research programmes in the area.


knowledge metaphysics realism

Editors and affiliations

  • Howard Sankey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of MelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5303-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9229-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0929-6425
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