Causation and space-time

Lam, Vincent (2005) Causation and space-time. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 27 3-4: 465-478.

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Author Lam, Vincent
Title Causation and space-time
Journal name History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0391-9714
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 27
Issue 3-4
Start page 465
End page 478
Total pages 14
Place of publication Naples, Italy
Publisher Giannini Editore
Language eng
Abstract This paper considers the physical accounts of causation in terms of conserved quantities in the light of the theory of general relativity. As it is rather well-known among physicists, there are several difficulties with the notions of conservation and localization of the (gravitational) energy-momentum within general relativity. We first begin to review the so-called conserved quantity theory of causation mainly due to Dowe and Salmon, then we discuss some consequences of these difficulties for this physical account of causation. We argue that these difficulties are due to the fundamental nature of the space-time structure as described by GR, which the conserved quantity theory of causation does not account for.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Mathematics and Physics
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