Physics and Causation

Foundations of Physics 40 (9-10):1597-1610 (2010)

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Michael Esfeld
University of Lausanne
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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
Keywords 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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DOI 10.1007/s10701-009-9357-y
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