Readership: Metaphysicians, epistemologists, philosophers of mind, and philosophers of science.
Stephen Mumford, University of Nottingham, and Rani Lill Anjum, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Stephen Mumford is Professor of Metaphysics and Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Nottingham. He gained his PhD from Leeds in 1994 and then wrote Dispositions (OUP 1998), Laws in Nature (Routledge 2004), and David Armstrong (Acumen 2007), as well as editing Russell on Metaphysics (Routledge 2003) and George Molnar's Powers (OUP 2003). He was co-investigator in the AHRC-funded project Metaphysics of Science and has been Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association. He is currently writing a book on sport: Watching Sport: Aesthetics, Ethics and Emotions.
Rani Lill Anjum is Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Project Leader of 'CauSci - Causation in Science', a 4 year research project funded by the FRIHUM program at the Research Council of Norway (NFR). She received her doctorate from the University of Tromsø on the logic of conditionals, followed by a 3 year postdoctoral project at Tromsø and Nottingham on causation and dispositions, both funded by NFR's FRIHUM program.
"This book aims to furnish a bold new theory of causation based on an ontology of dispositions, and in this it is successful. . . . a wonderfully comprehensive novel whole with impressive synthetic unity. . . . ambitious and provocative."
"[A book] I would recommend first to non-philosophers. Mumford and Anjum assume a professional audience, but their style â intellectual as well as rhetorical â is clear, direct, and not unduly technical." - Ruth Groff, Journal of Critical Realism
"what would a theory of causation look like if we assume that powers are real? In Getting Causes from Powers, Mumford and Anjum make what is perhaps the first sustained attempt to answer that question ... Such bold and innovative ideas are
bound to provoke discussion" - Jennifer McKitrick, Analysis
"the reader is introduced to some interesting new ways of thinking about, and modelling causal processes, and in that respect it is likely to instigate interesting debate." - Benjamin T. H. Smart and Michael J. Talibard, Philosophy in Review
"The book is ... lucidly written, and contains some interesting contributions: in particular on the (lack of) necessary connection between cause and effect on the perceivability of the causal relation." - Luke Glynn, Mind
1: Passing Powers Around
2: Modelling Causes as Vectors
3: Against Necessity
4: Reductionism, Holism, and Emergence
6: Explanation, Absences, and Counterfactuals
7: The Logic of Causation
8: Primitive Modality
9: Perceiving Causes
10: A Biologically Disposed Theory of Causation
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