Causation and the Agent’s Point of View

Sebastián Álvarez

Abstract


There are philosophers who deny that causal relations actually exist in nature, arguing that they are merely a product of our perspective as beings capable of intentional actions. In this paper I briefly explain this thesis and consider that it needs to be complemented with a basic non-causal ontological perspective which can account for phenomena taken as causal; I then describe what seems to be a good candidate for such an ontology and finally conclude, however, that it cannot dispense with the concept of causation and that therefore is not the kind of ontology that anti-realism about causal relations requires.


Keywords


Causation, manipulability, agent’s perspective, Huw Price.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1387/theoria.6952