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  1. Cei Maslen (2013). Keeping Score for Causal Claims: Causal Contextualism Applied to a Medical Case. Journal of Applied Philosophy 30 (1):12-24.
    This article investigates how Causal Contextualism applies in a medical context. It is shown how the correct interpretation of some medical causal claims depends on relevant alternatives and then argued that these relevant alternatives are determined by standards of practice and practical limitations (of equipment, personnel, expertise, cost), amongst other factors. Causal Contextualism has recently been defended by a number of philosophers; however details of the relevant factors determining content in different contexts have been lacking. It seems to me that (...)
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  2. Cei Maslen (2012). Regularity Accounts of Causation and the Problem of Pre-Emption: Dark Prospects Indeed. [REVIEW] Erkenntnis 77 (3):419-434.
    In this paper I examine a recent argument that regularity approaches to causation can easily solve the problem of pre-emption. If this argument were successful it would neatly solve the problem of pre-emption—a problem that many still consider to be a central unsolved problem for accounts of causation. The argument is surprising in that the conclusion goes against the common consensus that regularity accounts of causation cannot solve the problem of pre-emption, at least without major amendments. This consensus was one (...)
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  3. Cei Maslen (2010). Dispositions and Causes. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (4):756-757.
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  4. Cei Maslen, Proportionality and the Metaphysics of Causation.
    This paper reexamines the case for a proportionality constraint on causation. The general idea behind the proportionality constraint is that causes need the right amount of detail. The cause needs to be detailed enough to be sufficient for the effect yet general enough to be fully relevant to the effect. The case for the proportionality constraint mainly rests on some examples. Suppose we are searching for the cause of an injury: “being hit by a red bus” is too detailed, “being (...)
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  5. Cei Maslen, Terry Horgan & Helen Daly (2009). Mental Causation. In Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock & Peter Menzies (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Causation. Oup Oxford.
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  6. Cei Maslen (2008). A Higher-Order Problem of Causal Relevance? Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 15:149-157.
    Robb & Heil describe a higher-order version of the popular Causal Exclusion Problem. In particular, they ask whether the argument that led to a change in focus from event causation to causal relevance of properties can be iterated, leading us to focus on the causal relevance of properties of those properties, or properties of properties of those properties, and so on. In this paper, I investigate this curious higher-order problem and argue that the appeal of both the original argument and (...)
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  7. Seahwa Kim & Cei Maslen (2006). Counterfactuals as Short Stories. Philosophical Studies 129 (1):81 - 117.
  8. Seahwa Kim, Cei Maslen & Counterfactuals as Short (2006). Elisabeth Camp/Metaphor and That Certain Ôje Ne Sais Quoi'1–25 Juan Comesana/a Well–Founded Solution to the Generality Problem 27–47 Fred Feldman/Actual Utility, the Objection From Impracticality, and the Move to Expected Utility 49–79. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 129:667-669.
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  9. Cei Maslen (2006). Review of Mark Eli Kalderon (Ed.), Fictionalism in Metaphysics. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (10).
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  10. Cei Maslen (2005). A New Cure for Epiphobia: A Context-Sensitive Account of Causal Relevance. Southern Journal of Philosophy 43 (1):131-146.
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  11. Cei Maslen (2004). Causes, Contrasts, and the Nontransitivity of Causation. In Ned Hall, L. A. Paul & John Collins (eds.), Causation and Counterfactuals. Cambridge, Mass.: Mit Press. 341--357.
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  12. Cei Maslen (2004). Degrees of Influence and the Problem of Pre-Emption. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (4):577 – 594.
    This paper is an investigation into the notion of degree of influence, and its application to the problem of pre-emption. In 'Causation as Influence', Lewis presented a new account of causation under determinism and some new observations on the problem of pre-emption. He claimed that, in cases of pre-emption, the pre-empting cause is much more of a cause than its pre-empted alternative; it has much more influence. I begin by trying to make sense of the notion of degree of influence. (...)
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  13. Cei Maslen (2002). A Defense of Humeanism From Nagel's Persimmon. Erkenntnis 57 (1):41-46.
    This paper defends Humeanism: the view that an agent has a reason for an intentional action if and only if it fulfills, or is a means to fulfilling, a current desire of that agent. Thomas Nagel presents an example involving a short-lived desire for eating a persimmon tomorrow. He claims that, contrary to Humeanism, this example is a clear case of irrationality. Furthermore, the Humean cannot simply dismiss all current desires with future objects, because desires of this sort are crucial (...)
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