Standford Online High School
Redwood City, California
Causation as an Indispensable Aspect of Science
This paper considers the question of whether the concept of causation can be removed from sciences. First, causation and its current scientific role are explained. Then, different views on causation are laid out. Finally, the paper refutes arguments in favor of eliminativism to show that causation is necessary in science. The argument is followed by a brief overview of Aristotle’s four causes to demonstrate that causation cannot be replaced with other adjacent concepts.