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George Jaroszkiewicz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718062.001.0001

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Causal images of time

Causal images of time

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(p.96) 9 Causal images of time
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Images of Time
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George Jaroszkiewicz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718062.003.0009

This chapter discusses notions of causality, determinism, blame, teleology, and chaos, looking at views from Antiquity to recent times. It reviews the comments of Leibniz, Locke, and Mill on causality. The chapter rephrases Reichenbach’s mark method of discussing causality in terms of the generalized proposition concept introduced in Chapter 2, concluding that Reichenbach’s approach assumes that the past is unique. The chapter discusses the use of Lyapunov exponents as a measure of chaos in classical deterministic systems, emphasizing that chaos is a relationship between an observer and a system under observation, rather than as an intrinsic attribute of that system alone.

Keywords:   causality, determinism, blame, teleology, Leibniz, Locke, Mill, Reichenbach mark method, chaos, Lyapunov exponent

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