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Causality: causality is the relation between two (separate) entities, whereby a state change of the one entity causes the state of the other entity to change. Nowadays it is assumed that an energy transfer is crucial for talking about a causal link.
D. Hume was the first to consistently deny the observability of cause and effect. (David Hume Eine Untersuchung über den menschlichen Verstand, Hamburg, 1993, p. 95).


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Gerhard Vollmer on Causality - Dictionary of Arguments

I 102
Causality / physics / theory / Vollmer: causality is not present in physical theories - neither cause nor causal principle nor necessity - Russell: function rather than causality - Carnap: totality of the premises a statement.
I 104
Causality / Vollmer: necessary condition: energy transfer.
I 105
But e.tr. is not a sufficient condition - E.g. energetic process, which is not called causal: thunder and lightning.
I 108
The cause must not provide the total energy: E.g. butterfly effect.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Vollmer I
G. Vollmer
Was können wir wissen? Bd. I Die Natur der Erkenntnis. Beiträge zur Evolutionären Erkenntnistheorie Stuttgart 1988

Vollmer II
G. Vollmer
Was können wir wissen? Bd II Die Erkenntnis der Natur. Beiträge zur modernen Naturphilosophie Stuttgart 1988


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