A Realistic Account of Causation
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This chapter discusses a common-sense sort of realism, one that accepts the reality of ordinary everyday medium-sized material objects such as billiard balls, baseball bats, children, bams, cigarettes, and windows. It leaves open questions about the reality of such microscopic and submicroscopic entities as vimses and molecules. The chapter also leaves open questions about the status of sense data, which may turn out to be the product of psychological theories rather than a fundamental 'given' of experience. The most important feature of causal processes is that they transmit something effective, for example, energy, information, electric charge, momentum, or causal influence. Much more recently, Dowe has proposed a 'conserved quantity' theory of causal transmission, which has certain important advantages over the mark method. Cause-effect relations pertain crucially to the transmission of information.