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Meso-level Objects, Powers, and Simultaneous Causation

Tobias Hansson Wahlberg
Published Online: 2017-03-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2017-0003


I argue that Mumford and Anjum’s recent theory of simultaneous causation among powerful meso-level objects is problematic in several respects: it is based on a false dichotomy, it is incompatible with standard meso-level physics, it is explanatory deficient, and it threatens to render the powers metaphysics incoherent. Powers theorists are advised, therefore, to adopt a purely sequential conception of causation.

Keywords: causation; dispositions; meso-level objects; meso-level physics; powers; simultaneity


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Published Online: 2017-03-22

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Citation Information: Metaphysica, Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 107–125, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2017-0003.

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