Bloch Grzergorz Bernard ,
Il principio empirico di causalitā,
Antonianum, 60/2-3 (1985) p. 478-504
Summary: The exact sciences, being particular and experimental, and having now become autonomous, are characterised by diversity and specificity with respect to philosophical knowledge. They make use of their own proper experimental method, with which there have to be compatible their concepts, affirmations and principles. An important element of the exact sciences is constituted by the empirical principle of causality. Its essential content refers to the relationship of succession between phenomena, and not to their ontic genesis. The antecedent is considered as cause and the phe- nomenic consequent as effect. The principle of empirical causality is legitimately applicable to all the experimental sciences (e.g. physics, biology etc.). Inasmuch as it is structurally homogeneuos with experimental method, the empirical principle of causality thus adopted makes it possible to avoid many misunderstandings among scientists. It is particularly useful when dealing with questions concerning the origin of life and of man.