Activities and causation: The metaphysics and epistemology of mechanisms

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This article deals with mechanisms conceived as composed of entities and activities. In response to many perplexities about the nature of activities, a number of arguments are developed concerning their epistemic and ontological status. Some questions concerning the relations between cause and causal explanation and mechanisms are also addressed.
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DOI 10.1080/02698590412331289242
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