Revitalizing Causality: Realism about Causality in Philosophy and Social Science

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Ruth Groff
Routledge, Dec 18, 2007 - Philosophy - 272 pages
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This cutting edge collection of new and previously published articles by philosophers and social scientists addresses just what it means to invoke causal mechanisms, or powers, in the context of offering a causal explanation. A unique collection, it offers the reader various disciplinary and inter-disciplinary divides, helping to stake out a new, neo-Aristotelian position within contemporary debate.

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List of contributors xi
Critical realism and substance 13
Essence and accident 45
Conceptual and natural necessity 56
Causal exclusion and evolved emergent properties 163
Are there natural kinds in psychology? 179
Realismabout causality insocial
Index 261

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