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Causation and ResponsibilityAn Essay in Law, Morals, and Metaphysics$
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Michael S. Moore

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256860

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256860.001.0001

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The Facts, Events, States of Affairs, and Tropes Debate

The Facts, Events, States of Affairs, and Tropes Debate

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(p.347) 15 The Facts, Events, States of Affairs, and Tropes Debate
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Causation and Responsibility
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Michael S. Moore (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256860.003.0015

This chapter seeks some resolution about what causal relata might actually be, amongst these four possibilities. The metaphysical resolution is that one of the fine-grained things, states of affairs, is the true relata of the causal relation. The relation most desirable for use in law is different: (coarse-grained) events are the relata on which legal liability should turn, recognizing that such relata will be constructions based on the true relata of the causal relation, which are states of affairs.

Keywords:   causal relata, states of affairs, events, legal liability

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