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Causation and contrast classes

Northcott, Robert (2008) Causation and contrast classes. Philosophical Studies, 139 (1). pp. 111-123. ISSN 0031-8116


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I argue that causation is a contrastive relation: c-rather-than-C* causes e-rather-than-E*, where C* and E* are contrast classes associated respectively with actual events c and e. I explain why this is an improvement on the traditional binary view, and develop a detailed definition. It turns out that causation is only well defined in ‘uniform’ cases, where either all or none of the members of C* are related appropriately to members of E*.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: causation; causal judgment; contrast classes; context; uniformity
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Dr Robert Northcott
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 17:10
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2018 17:10
Item ID: 15399
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Studies
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Date: May 2008
Page Range: pp. 111-123
Volume: 139
Number: 1
ISSN: 0031-8116

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