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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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    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.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Causation, Probability, Psychology, Determinism, Ex post, Ex ante
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 May 2013 12:41
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:04


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