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What Is Structural Causation?

  • Tzuchien Tho
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Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 46)

Abstract

The second chapter of this book presents the central argument of the book in a synoptic form. It proposes a first approach to an important interpretive lens for understanding Leibniz’s dynamics project as presenting a theory of causation that is structural in nature. In the preceding introduction, we examined the chronological development of the dynamics and emphasized the growth of the dynamics project from the notion of Leibnizian vis as a structural property, the property of a physical or mechanical system. Now we take a step further. Since the dynamics aimed at developing a science of the cause of motion, the proper object of the dynamics is the nature of causation rather than the mere properties of motion. A structural form of causation is proposed here in order to render explicit the central concept of Leibniz’s dynamics.

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  • Tzuchien Tho
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  1. 1.Università degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly

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