Getting Causes from Powers, by Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum [Book Review]

Mind 121 (484):1099-1106 (2012)
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In this book, Mumford and Anjum advance a theory of causation based on a metaphysics of powers. The book is for the most part lucidly written, and contains some interesting contributions: in particular on the necessary connection between cause and effect and on the perceivability of the causal relation. I do, however, have reservations about some of the book’s central theses: in particular, that cause and effect are simultaneous, and that causes can fruitfully be represented as vectors
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