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Causing Actions$
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Paul M. Pietroski

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252763

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199252769.001.0001

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Other Things Being Equal

Other Things Being Equal

(p.117) 4 Other Things Being Equal
Causing Actions

Paul M. Pietroski (Contributor Webpage)

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One can often explain the fact that a certain event occurred by citing the occurrence of a prior event, along with a suitable ceteris paribus law. Far from being vacuous, such laws have substantive (and disconfirmable) consequences. Apparent exceptions to a ceteris paribus law must be explicable in terms of real interfering factors—factors we idealize away from, when stating the law. Given the proposed interpretation of such laws, the proposed sufficient condition for explanation (and causation) avoids familiar counterexamples to traditional covering‐law accounts.

Keywords:   ceteris paribus, covering laws, exceptions, idealization, interfering factors, laws, vacuity

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