A physical critique of physical causation

Synthese 167 (1):67 - 80 (2009)
The conserved quantities theory of causation (CQTC) attempts to use physics as the basis for an account of causation. However, a closer examination of the physics involved in CQTC reveals several critical failures. Some of the conserved quantities in physics cannot be used to distinguish causal interactions. Other conserved quantities cannot always be the properties of fields or particles. Finally, CQCT does not account for causal interactions that are static.
Keywords Physical causation  Dowe  Conserved quantities
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-007-9289-z
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