What Does It Take To Make A Difference? A Reply To Andreas And Günther

Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming)
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Andreas & Günther have recently proposed a difference-making definition of actual causation. In this paper I show that there exist conclusive counterexamples to their definition, by which I mean examples that are unacceptable to everyone, including AG. Concretely, I show that their definition allows c to cause e even when c is not a causal ancestor of e. I then proceed to identify their non-standard definition of causal models as the source of the problem, and argue that there is no viable strategy open to AG to fixing it. I conclude that their definition of causation is damaged beyond repair.

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Sander Beckers
University of Amsterdam


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