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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*.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Causation, Causal judgment, Contrast classes, Context, Uniformity
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 May 2013 12:42
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:04


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