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Mathias Frisch
Universität Hannover
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Classical dispersion relations are derived from a time-asymmetric constraint. I argue that the standard causal interpretation of this constraint plays a scientifically legitimate role in dispersion theory, and hence provides a counterexample to the causal skepticism advanced by John Norton and others. Norton argues that the causal interpretation of the time-asymmetric constraint is an empty honorific and that the constraint can be motivated by purely non-causal considerations. In this paper I respond to Norton's criticisms and argue that Norton's skepticism derives its force partly by holding causal principles to a standard too high to be met by other scientifically legitimate constraints. Introduction Non-causal Foundations? Other Grounds for Skepticism The Principle of Energy Conservation
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Is There an Independent Principle of Causality in Physics.John D. Norton - 2009 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 60 (3):475-486.
‘The Most Sacred Tenet’? Causal Reasoning in Physics.Mathias Frisch - 2009 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 60 (3):459-474.

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Causation and Time Reversal.Matt Farr - 2020 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 71 (1):177-204.
Is There an Independent Principle of Causality in Physics.John D. Norton - 2009 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 60 (3):475-486.
No Place for Causes? Causal Skepticism in Physics.Mathias Frisch - 2012 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 2 (3):313-336.
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