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"Getting Causes from Powers", by Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

Glynn, L; (2012) "Getting Causes from Powers", by Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum. [Review]. Mind , 121 (484) pp. 1099-1106. 10.1093/mind/fzt010. Green open access

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Abstract

In this book, Mumford and Anjum advance a theory of causation based on a metaphysics of powers. The book is for the most part lucidly written, and contains some interesting contributions: in particular on the (lack of) necessary connection between cause and effect and on the perceivability of the causal relation. I do, however, have reservations about some of the book’s central theses: in particular, that cause and effect are simultaneous, and that causes can fruitfully be represented as vectors.

Type: Article
Title: "Getting Causes from Powers", by Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/mind/fzt010
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzt010
Language: English
Additional information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Mind following peer review. The version of record, Glynn, L; (2012) "Getting Causes from Powers", by Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum. [Review]. Mind, 121 (484) pp. 1099-1106, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mind/fzt010.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473524
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