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Why is the transference theory of causation insuffcient? The challenge of the Aharonov-Bohm effect

Ardourel, Vincent and Guay, Alexandre (2017) Why is the transference theory of causation insuffcient? The challenge of the Aharonov-Bohm effect. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The transference theory reduces causation to the transmission (or regular manifestation) of physical conserved quantities, like energy or momenta. Although this theory aims at applying to all felds of physics, we claim that it fails to account for a quantum electrodynamic effect, viz. the Aharonov-Bohm effect. After having argued that the Aharonov-Bohm effect is a genuine counter-example for the transference theory, we offer a new physicalist approach of causation, ontic and modal, in which this effect is embedded.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Ardourel, Vincentvincent.ardourel@uclouvain.be
Guay, Alexandrealexandre.guay@uclouvain.ne
Keywords: causality, transference theory, Aharonov-Bohm effect, conserved quantity, interaction, Feynman's functional integrals, modality
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Alexandre Guay
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2017 04:59
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2017 04:59
Item ID: 13509
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2017
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13509

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