Chapter

A Tutorial on 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/9780195168143.003.0010

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

A Tutorial on Causal Significance

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The causal significance of a thing is the constraint its presence adds to the space of possible ways the world could be. In this chapter, the author creates several working illustrations of its principles to visibly explain its key features. These illustrations take the form of a diagrammed situation and are accompanied by discussions regarding the consequences of the depicted situations. Finally, a presentation of some metaphysical issues of the Theory of Causal Significance such as the nature of its possibility, space, time and unity of the world are demonstrated by the author in this chapter.

Keywords: causal significance; Theory of Causal Significance; diagrammed situation; metaphysical issues

Chapter.  14250 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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