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David Lewis

Print publication date: 1987

Print ISBN-13: 9780195036466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195036468.001.0001

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Causation

Causation

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(p.159) Twenty‐One Causation
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Philosophical Papers Volume II
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David Lewis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195036468.003.0006

Argues for an analysis of causation in terms counterfactual dependence between events. It shows how this analysis works to distinguish genuine causes from effects, epiphenomena, and preempted potential causes. The paper includes six postscripts, dealing with further issues related to the analysis proposed, such as indeterminism, causation by omission, and redundant causation.

Keywords:   causal dependence, causation, counterfactuals, indeterminism, regularity theory

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