Laws, causes and powers

Luiz Henrique de A. Dutra

Abstract


This paper deals with the notions of scientific law, natural causes, and the powers of causes to produce their effects from the point of view of perspectival realism. In the first section I deal with the conception of cause defended by George H. Lewes, one of the forerunners of British emergentism, along with John Stuart Mill. In the next section I deal with the notion of heteropathic laws of Mill. In the last section I deploy these notions in my explanation of natural phenomena as emergent processes. I put emphasis on the fact that the base conditions of an emergent are not its causes.


Keywords


Laws; Causes; Powers; Emergence; Perspectivism; Realism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/1808-1711.2019v23n3p401

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