Causal properties and conservative reduction

Publication Year:
Usage 825
Downloads 825
Repository URL:
Esfeld, Michael
preprint description
The paper argues in favour of (1) a causal-functional theory of all properties including the physical ones and (2) a conception of properties as tropes or modes in the sense of particular ways that objects are. It shows how these premises open up a version of functionalism according to which the properties on which the special sciences focus are identical with configurations of physical properties and thereby causally efficacious without there being any threat of eliminativism.