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The Theory of Causal Significance

Gregg Rosenberg

in A Place for Consciousness

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168143
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850075 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168143.003.0009

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

The Theory of Causal Significance

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This chapter is a basic introduction to the Theory of Causal Significance. It intends to motivate the general approach the theory represents as well as explain its basic concepts. The chapter begins by defining the problem of causation and then explicates the importance and necessity of a theory. It also provides a categorization of conventional approaches to causations and argues why the Theory of Causal Significance falls outside such traditional taxonomy. An introduction to the ideas of effective and receptive properties and how they are conceptually and empirically distinct aspects of causation is also illustrated. Also in this chapter is an analysis of the causal nexus through the definitions, examples and fundamental principles presented by the author.

Keywords: Theory of Causal Significance; causation; causal nexus

Chapter.  17198 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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