Transference, or identity theories of causation?

Citation data:

THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, ISSN: 2171-679X, Vol: 19, Issue: 1, Page: 31-47

Publication Year:
2004
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10511
DOI:
10.1387/theoria.600
Author(s):
García Encinas, María José
Publisher(s):
Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
article description
Transference theorists propose to explain causation in terms of the transference of a physical element. I argue, in two steps, that this is not possible. First, I show that available accounts of ‘transference’ ultimately convey that transference —and, consequently, causation— is the (non-relational) identity over time of the transferred element (a universal, a trope, or even an absolute substance). But, second, I try to defend, it is conceptually impossible that causation is (non-relational) identity.