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Causation

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume II

Published in print June 1987 | ISBN: 9780195036466
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833399 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195036468.003.0006
                      Causation

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Argues for an analysis of causation in terms counterfactual dependence between events. It shows how this analysis works to distinguish genuine causes from effects, epiphenomena, and preempted potential causes. The paper includes six postscripts, dealing with further issues related to the analysis proposed, such as indeterminism, causation by omission, and redundant causation.

Keywords: causal dependence; causation; counterfactuals; indeterminism; regularity theory

Chapter.  25005 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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