Making a Contribution and Making a Difference

American Philosophical Quarterly 55 (3):303-312 (2018)
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There are at least two different concepts that philosophers might target when analyzing causation: a pre-selective notion and a selective notion. This paper argues that these two distinct conceptions have been conflated to date, citing the puzzles of overdetermination, extensionality, and transitivity as evidence. The primary aim of the paper is to help reset the methodological scene concerning analyses of causation.

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Neil McDonnell
University of Glasgow


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