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From Causal Relations to Causal Constraints

Yemima Ben-Menahem

in Causation in Science

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691174938
eISBN:
9781400889297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174938.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This book explores the notion of causal constraint in science. It examines a family of general constraints encountered in fundamental science, along with the conceptual relations between them: ... More


Recombination, Causal Constraints, and Humean Supervenience: An Argument for Temporal Parts?

John Hawthorne

in Metaphysical Essays

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199291236
eISBN:
9780191710612
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291236.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

According to the doctrine of four-dimensionalism, our world and everything in it consists of stages or temporal parts; moreover, where an object exists at various times, it does so, according to the ... More


Causation in Science

Yemima Ben-Menahem

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691174938
eISBN:
9781400889297
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174938.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

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 ... More


Symmetries and Conservation Laws

Yemima Ben-Menahem

in Causation in Science

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691174938
eISBN:
9781400889297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174938.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines how symmetry principles—despite their a priori appearance—function as causal constraints through their conceptual relation with conservation laws. It first provides an overview ... More


Attempts to constrain reference

Tim Button

in The Limits of Realism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199672172
eISBN:
9780191758393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672172.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The model-theoretic arguments show that the external realist cannot pin down a single correspondence relation just by producing her favourite theory. On these grounds, one might try to conclude that ... More


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