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Natural-born determinists: a new defense of causation as probability-raising

Northcott, Robert (2010) Natural-born determinists: a new defense of causation as probability-raising. Philosophical Studies, 150 (1). pp. 1-20. ISSN 0031-8116

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Abstract

A definition of causation as probability-raising is threatened by two kinds of counterexample: first, when a cause lowers the probability of its effect; and second, when the probability of an effect is raised by a non-cause. In this paper, I present an account that deals successfully with problem cases of both these kinds. In doing so, I also explore some novel implications of incorporating into the metaphysical investigation considerations of causal psychology.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Northcott, Robertr.northcott@bbk.ac.uk
Keywords: causation; probability; psychology
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Dr Robert Northcott
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 17:08
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2018 17:08
Item ID: 15396
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Studies
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Causation
Date: August 2010
Page Range: pp. 1-20
Volume: 150
Number: 1
ISSN: 0031-8116
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15396

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