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Alexandre Guay
Catholic University of Louvain
Vincent Ardourel
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Abstract
The transference theory reduces causation to the transmission of physical conserved quantities, like energy or momenta. Although this theory aims at applying to all felds of physics, we claim that it fails to account for a quantum electrodynamic effect, viz. the Aharonov-Bohm effect. After having argued that the Aharonov-Bohm effect is a genuine counter-example for the transference theory, we offer a new physicalist approach of causation, ontic and modal, in which this effect is embedded.
Keywords causality  tranference theory  Aharonov-Bohm effect  conserved quantity  interaction  modality  Feynman's functional integrals
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DOI 10.1016/j.shpsb.2017.09.009
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