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|Name: Prof Michel Ghins|
|Institution: Universite catholique de Louvain|
|Title: An Intrinsic Criterion for Causal Lawlike Statements|
|Abstract: A scientific mathematical law is causal if and only if it contains a time derivative. This is the intrinsic criterion for causal laws we propose. An effect is identified with what corresponds to a time derivative of some property or magnitude in a causal law, whereas the other terms correspond to the cause(s). According to our criterion, causes are simultaneous with their effects and causality has no temporal direction. Several examples from natural and social disciplines support the applicability of our criterion to all scientific laws. Various objections to our proposal are presented and refuted.|
|Keywords: causality, time, explanation, law, determinism|