Explicating the notion of ‘causation’: The role of extensive quantities

Giovanni Boniolo, Rossella Faraldo and Antonio Saggion

in Causality in the Sciences

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199574131
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728921 | DOI:
Explicating the notion of ‘causation’: The role of extensive quantities

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This chapter proposes an empirical explication of the notion of ‘causation’, which the chapter calls a generalized explication of ‘causation’ (GEC), based on the numerical balance between instantiations of extensive quantities. In this way, the chapter shows that both the conserved and the non‐conserved quantities have a role. It follows that the Salmon–Dowe approach should be considered valid only in particular cases.

Keywords: causation; conserved quantites; explication; extensive quantitites; non conserved quantities

Chapter.  11609 words. 

Subjects: Logic

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