Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1293
Author(s):
Roy Lisker
preprint description
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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