Explicating the notion of 'causation': The role of extensive quantities

Giovanni Boniolo, Rossella Faraldo, Antonio Saggion

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This chapter proposes an empirical explication of the notion of 'causation', which the chapter calls a generalized explication of 'causation' (GEC), based on the numerical balance between instantiations of extensive quantities. In this way, the chapter shows that both the conserved and the non-conserved quantities have a role. It follows that the Salmon-Dowe approach should be considered valid only in particular cases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCausality in the Sciences
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191728921, 9780199574131
Publication statusPublished - Sep 22 2011


  • Causation
  • Conserved quantites
  • Explication
  • Extensive quantitites
  • Non conserved quantities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)


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