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On Algebraic Causation

Lisker, Roy (1986) On Algebraic Causation. [Preprint] (Unpublished)


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Definitions of Causation are shown to be specific to particular sciences. Also, the idealized notion of causation that is maintained by scientists working in a given field frequently differs from that which is used in actual practice. All interpretationsof causation used in the sciences can be shown to have an algebraic structure, which we call a "Causal Algebra": a mathematical entity embodying the notions of Possibility, Impossibility and Actuality. The algebraic approach is applied to various branches of physics, biology, geology. cosmology. At the end of the article a model for causation from the Big Bang is proposed.

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Item Type: Preprint
Lisker, Roy
Additional Information: This paper was presented at the 11th General Relativity and Gravitation Conference in Stockholm, Sweden in August 1986.
Keywords: Causation; Physics; Biology;Geology; Function Algebras;Cosmology; Big Bang; Modal Logic; Analytic and non-Analytic models
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Roy Lisker
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2003
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:11
Item ID: 1293
Public Domain: No
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Date: January 1986

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