How to Trace a Causal Process

Philosophical Perspectives 36 (1):95-117 (2022)
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According to the theory developed here, we may trace out the processes emanating from a cause in such a way that any consequence lying along one of these processes counts as an effect of the cause. This theory gives intuitive verdicts in a diverse range of problem cases from the literature. Its claims about causation will never be retracted when we include additional variables in our model. And it validates some plausible principles about causation, including Sartorio's ‘Causes as Difference Makers’ principle and Hitchcock's ‘Principle of Sufficient Reason’.

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J. Dmitri Gallow
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (PhD)


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