Causation and Its Basis in Fundamental Physics

2014.08.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Douglas Kutach, Causation and Its Basis in Fundamental Physics, Oxford University Press, 2013, 334pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.08.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Douglas Kutach, Causation and Its Basis in Fundamental Physics, Oxford University Press, 2013, 334pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199936205. Reviewed by John T. Roberts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill In this fascinating and carefully constructed book, Douglas Kutach offers new solutions to two central problems in the intersection of philosophy of science and metaphysics. One is about causation, and how to resolve the tension between three competing demands: (i) the prominence of causation in the high-level sciences (like biology and psychology) and common sense; (ii) the apparent absence, pointed out by Russell, of causal notions in fundamental physics (causation apparently requiring both an asymmetry of determination, and determination by more-or-less clearly defined and local factors, neither of which is found in contemporary fundamental physical theories); (iii) the plausible thought that. . .

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