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Meso-level Objects, Powers, and Simultaneous Causation

Hansson Wahlberg, Tobias LU (2017) In Metaphysica 18(1). p.107-125
Abstract
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.
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powers, causation, simultaneity, dispositions, meso-level objects
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Metaphysica
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18
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1
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107 - 125
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Springer
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  • scopus:85018751223
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1874-6373
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10.1515/mp-2017-0003
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English
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  keyword      = {powers,causation,simultaneity,dispositions,meso-level objects},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
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  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Metaphysica},
  title        = {Meso-level Objects, Powers, and Simultaneous Causation},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/mp-2017-0003},
  volume       = {18},
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