Structuralism with and without causation

Synthese 194 (7):2255-2271 (2017)
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Juha Saatsi
University of Leeds
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This paper explores the status of causation in structuralist metaphysics of physics. What role (if any) does causation play in understanding ‘structure’ in ontological structural realism? I address this question by examining, in a structuralist setting, arguments for and against the idea that fundamental physics deals, perhaps exclusively, with causal properties. I will argue (against Esfeld, Dorato and others) that a structuralist interpretation of fundamental physics should diverge from ‘causal structuralism’. Nevertheless, causation outside fundamental physics, and the basic motivation for causal structuralism outside fundamental physics, can be captured with an appropriate conception of causation.
Keywords Structuralism  Causation  Metaphysics of physics  Esfeld
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-014-0595-y
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