The Time‐Asymmetry of Causation

Huw Price and Brad Weslake

in The Oxford Handbook of Causation

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199279739
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191577246 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

The Time‐Asymmetry of Causation

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One of the most striking features of causation is that causes typically precede their effects — the causal arrow seems strongly aligned with the temporal arrow, as it were. Why should this be so? This is the puzzle of the time-asymmetry of causation. This article offers an opinionated guide to this problem, and to the solutions currently on offer.

Keywords: causation; temporal arrow; causal arrow; time-asymmetry; semantic conventionalism; hyperrealism

Article.  13846 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Science

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