Causal reasoning

Philosophical Studies 152 (2):167-179 (2011)
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The main focus of this paper is the question as to what it is for an individual to think of her environment in terms of a concept of causation, or causal concepts, in contrast to some more primitive ways in which an individual might pick out or register what are in fact causal phenomena. I show how versions of this question arise in the context of two strands of work on causation, represented by Elizabeth Anscombe and Christopher Hitchcock, respectively. I then describe a central type of reasoning that, I suggest, a subject has to be able to engage in, if we are to credit her with causal concepts. I also point out that this type of reasoning turns on the idea of a physical connection between cause and effect, as articulated in recent singularist approaches of causation.
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Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy.Williams, Bernard Arthur Owen
Causation, Prediction, and Search.Spirtes, Peter; Glymour, Clark & Scheines, Richard

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