The metaphysics of forces

Dialectica 64 (4):555-589 (2009)
Abstract
This paper defends the view that Newtonian forces are real, symmetrical and non-causal relations. First, I argue that Newtonian forces are real; second, that they are relations; third, that they are symmetrical relations; fourth, that they are not species of causation. The overall picture is anti-Humean to the extent that it defends the existence of forces as external relations irreducible to spatio-temporal ones, but is still compatible with Humean approaches to causation (and others) since it denies that forces are a species of causation.
Keywords forces  powers  causation  dispositions  mechanics  causality  metaphysics  vectors  Newton  direction
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DOI 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2009.01213.x
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