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A Place for ConsciousnessProbing the Deep Structure of the Natural World$
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Gregg H. Rosenberg

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168143.001.0001

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The Theory of Causal Significance

The Theory of Causal Significance

(p.141) 9 The Theory of Causal Significance
A Place for Consciousness

Gregg Rosenberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a basic introduction to the Theory of Causal Significance. It intends to motivate the general approach the theory represents as well as explain its basic concepts. The chapter begins by defining the problem of causation and then explicates the importance and necessity of a theory. It also provides a categorization of conventional approaches to causations and argues why the Theory of Causal Significance falls outside such traditional taxonomy. An introduction to the ideas of effective and receptive properties and how they are conceptually and empirically distinct aspects of causation is also illustrated. Also in this chapter is an analysis of the causal nexus through the definitions, examples and fundamental principles presented by the author.

Keywords:   Theory of Causal Significance, causation, causal nexus

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