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Revitalizing Causality
Realism about Causality in Philosophy and Social Science





ISBN 9780415568715
Published November 16, 2009 by Routledge
266 Pages

 
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Book Description

This cutting edge collection of new and previously published articles by philosophers and social scientists addresses just what it means to invoke causal mechanisms, or powers, in the context of offering a causal explanation. A unique collection, it offers the reader various disciplinary and inter-disciplinary divides, helping to stake out a new, neo-Aristotelian position within contemporary debate.

Table of Contents

Part I – Key Formulations  1. Critical Realism and Substance  2. Causality and Substance  3. Essence and Accident  4. Conceptual and Natural Necessity  5. Powers and Dispositions  Part II – Realism About Causality in Philosophy  6. Meaning, Truth and Causal Explanation: The ‘Humean Condition’ Revisited  7. Aristotelian Powers  8.  Powers, Dispositions, Properties  9. Inessential Aristotle: Powers Without Essences  10. Causal Exclusion and Evolved Emergent Properties  11. Are There Natural Kinds in Psychology?  Part III – Realism About Causality in Social Science  12. Sociology’s Causal Confusion  13. The Mother of All Isms: Causal Mechanisms in Political Science  14. Marxisn Crisis Theory and Causality  15. On the Clear Comprehension of Political Economy: Social Kinds and the Significance of Section 2 of Marx's Capital 

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