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REVIEW OF Getting Causes from Powers, by Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

Glynn, Luke (2012) REVIEW OF Getting Causes from Powers, by Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum. Mind, 121 (484). pp. 1099-1106.


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In this book, Mumford and Anjum advance a theory of causation based on a metaphysics of powers. The book is for the most part lucidly written, and contains some interesting contributions: in particular on the (lack of) necessary connection between cause and effect and on the perceivability of the causal relation. I do, however, have reservations about some of the book’s central theses: in particular, that cause and effect are simultaneous, and that causes can fruitfully be represented as vectors.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: Causation; powers; dispositions; simultaneous causation; vectors
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Dr. Luke Fenton-Glynn
Date Deposited: 05 May 2013 16:25
Last Modified: 05 May 2013 16:25
Item ID: 9723
Journal or Publication Title: Mind
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Date: 2012
Page Range: pp. 1099-1106
Volume: 121
Number: 484

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