Causation

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  1. Causality and Becoming: Scotistic Reflections.Liran Shia Gordon - 2019 - Heythrop Journal 60 (1):95-110.
    Becoming is a process in which a thing moves from one state to another. In Section 1, the study will elaborate on the discussion of the Aristotelian causes taken broadly, primarily focusing on the relation between efficient and final causes. In Section 2, the study discusses the implications of Scotus’s conception of freedom, as it is reflected in the relation of the future to the past, for the efficient and final causalities. Similarly in Section 3 an examination of Scotus’s conception (...)
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  2. Qual a motivação para se defender uma teoria causal da memória?César Schirmer Dos Santos - 2018 - In Juliano Santos do Carmo & Rogério F. Saucedo Corrêa (eds.), Linguagem e cognição. Pelotas: NEPFil. pp. 63-89.
    Este texto tem como objetivo apresentar a principal motivação filosófica para se defender uma teoria causal da memória, que é explicar como pode um evento que se deu no passado estar relacionado a uma experiência mnêmica que se dá no presente. Para tanto, iniciaremos apresentando a noção de memória de maneira informal e geral, para depois apresentar elementos mais detalhados. Finalizamos apresentando uma teoria causal da memória que se beneficia da noção de veritação (truthmaking).
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  3. How Stable Is Objective Chance?John Cusbert - forthcoming - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science:axy069.
    This paper examines the stability of objective chance. I defend the stable chance thesis : that in any given possible world, any pair of intrinsic duplicate physical setups with the same chances of being subject to the same external influences must yield the same chances. I argue that SCT compares favourably to rivals in the literature. I then consider a challenge to SCT involving time travel and causal loops. I argue that SCT survives this challenge, but that such cases expose (...)
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  4. An Inchoate Universe: James's Probabilistic Underdeterminism.Kyle Bromhall - 2018 - William James Studies 14 (1):54-83.
    In this paper, I challenge the traditional narrative that William James’s arguments against determinism were primarily motivated by his personal struggles with depression. I argue that James presents an alternative argument against determinism that is motivated by his commitment to sound scientific practice. James argues that determinism illegitimately extrapolates from observations of past events to predictions about future events without acknowledging the distinct metaphysical difference between them. This occupation with futurity suggests that James’s true target is better understood as logical (...)
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  5. Causation in Population Health Informatics and Data Science.Olaf Dammann & Benjamin Smart - forthcoming - New York, NY, USA: Springer.
    This book covers the overlap between informatics, computer science, philosophy of causation, and causal inference in epidemiology and population health research. Key concepts covered include how data are generated and interpreted, and how and why concepts in health informatics and the philosophy of science should be integrated in a systems-thinking approach. Furthermore, a formal epistemology for the health sciences and public health is suggested. -/- Causation in Population Health Informatics and Data Science provides a detailed guide of the latest thinking (...)
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  6. Did Climate Change Cause That?Richard Corry - 2017 - In Kasper Lippert Rasmussen, Kimberley Brownlee & David Coady (eds.), A Companion to Applied Philosophy. Chichester, UK: pp. 469-483.
    Can we attribute individual extreme weather events to human-induced climate change? In this chapter I will be turning a philosophical eye on this question, asking what concept (or concepts) of causation are being employed by scientists and asking which concept of causation is most appropriate. I will show that scientists, politicians, and journalists have made a number of mistakes in their thinking about the causal links between individual extreme events and climate change, and argue that scientists should be less hesitant (...)
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  7. The Passage of Nature by Dorothy Emmet. [REVIEW]Leemon B. McHenry - 1992 - Review of Metaphysics 46 (2):401-402.
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  8. A Critical Introduction to Properties.Sophie R. Allen - 2016 - London, UK: Bloomsbury.
    What determines qualitative sameness and difference? This book explores four principal accounts of the ontological basis of properties, including universals, trope theory, resemblance nominalism, and class nominalism, considering the assumptions and ontolological commitments which are required to make each into a plausible account of properties. -/- The latter half of the book investigates the applications of property theory and the different conceptions of properties which might be adopted with these in mind: first, the possibility and desirability of individuating properties, and (...)
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  9. Causal Relevance, Permissible Omissions, and Famine Relief.Chad Vance - 2018 - Dialectica 72 (1):25-47.
    Failures are sometimes, but not always, causally relevant to events. For instance, the failure of the sprinkler was causally relevant to the house fire. However, the failure of the dam upstream to break (thus inundating the house with water) was not. Similarly, failures to prevent harms are sometimes, but not always, morally wrong. For instance, failing to save a nearby drowning child is morally wrong. Yet, you are also in some sense “allowing” someone on another continent to drown right now, (...)
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  10. Forces and Causation.Olivier Massin - manuscript
    This paper defends the view that Newtonian forces are real symmetrical and non-causal relations. In the first part, I argue that Newtonian forces are real; in the second part, that they are relations; in the third part, that they are symmetrical relations; in the fourth part, that they are not causal relations, (but causal relata) by which I mean that they are not species of causation. The overall picture is anti-humean to the extent that it defends the existence of forces, (...)
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  11. Suárez's Non-Reductive Theory of Efficient Causation.Jacob Tuttle - 2016 - Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy 4:125-158.
  12. Der Kampf um das Kausalgesetz in der jüngsten Physik.Hugo Bergmann - 1930 - Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 37 (2):7-8.
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  13. Causal Time Asymmetry.William Eckhardt - 2006 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 37 (3):439-466.
  14. "Causes and Coincidences" by David Owens. [REVIEW]Tim Crane - 1996 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (1):146-8.
    In this fine book, David Owens presents a new theory of causation based on the idea that the notions of cause and coincidence are intimately related. That there is a link between the concept of cause and the concept of coincidence is not news. As Richard Sorabji has argued, Aristotle thought that coincidences cannot be explained. What is new in Owens's book is the claim that this apparent truism can form the basis of a full-scale analysis of causation.
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  15. Causes and Coincidences.Michael Tooley & David Owens - 1994 - Philosophical Review 103 (3):546.
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  16. Studies in the Nature of Facts.Causality.M. H. Fisch - 1935 - Philosophical Review 44 (6):590.
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  17. Fundamental Causation: Physics, Metaphysics, and the Deep Structure of the World.Christopher Gregory Weaver - 2018 - Routledge.
    Fundamental Causation addresses issues in the metaphysics of deterministic singular causation, the metaphysics of events, states, facts, preventions, and omissions, as well as the debate between causal reductionists and causal anti-reductionists. The book also pays special attention to causation and causal structure in physics. Weaver argues that causation is a two-place obtaining relation that is transitive, irreflexive, asymmetric, universal, intrinsic, and well-founded. He shows that proper causal relata are events understood as states of substances. He then proves that causation cannot (...)
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  18. “Of All the Gin Joints …” Causality, Science, Chance, and God.Michael J. Dodds - 2016 - Nova et Vetera 14 (2):503-525.
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  19. VI—Induction, Explanation and Natural Necessity.John Foster - 1983 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 83 (1):87-102.
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  20. A Chance to Rethink.C. P. G. Driessen & Cor Weele - unknown
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  21. III. —Causation and its Organic Conditions.Edmund Montgomery - 1882 - Mind 28:514-532.
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  22. III.—Causation and its Organic Conditions.Edmund Montgomery - 1882 - Mind 26:209-230.
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  23. Causation in Social Change.Q. B. Gibson - 1945 - Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy 23 (1-3):57-77.
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  24. Governed as It Were by Chance in Advance.Susan Ruddick - forthcoming - Philosophy Today.
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  25. Probability and Causality in the Early Works of Hans Reichenbach.Flavia Padovani - 2008 - Dissertation, University of Geneva
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  26. On Empirical Generalisations.Federica Russo - unknown
    Manipulationism holds that information about the results of interventions is of utmost importance for scientific practices such as causal assessment or explanation. Specifically, manipulation provides information about the stability, or invariance, of the relationship between X and Y: were we to wiggle the cause X, the effect Y would accordingly wiggle and, additionally, the relation between the two will not be disrupted. This sort of relationship between variables are called 'invariant empirical generalisations'. The paper focuses on questions about causal assessment (...)
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  27. Causation and Types of Necessity. [REVIEW]Harold Chapman Brown - 1924 - Journal of Philosophy 21 (24):664-666.
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  28. Interdisciplinary Thinking About Mechanisms and Causes.Armin W. Schulz - 2015 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 50:94-97.
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  29. Experience, Reality, and Scientific Explanation Essays in Honor of Merrilee and Wesley Salmon.Merrilee H. Salmon, Maria Carla Galavotti & Alessandro Pagnini - 1999
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  30. The Law of Causality and its Limits.Philipp Frank & R. S. Cohen - 1998
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  31. Philosophy as Absolute Science, Founded in the Universal Laws of Being, by E.L. & A.L. Frothingham.Ephraim Langdon Frothingham - 1864
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  32. Action, Causes and Events.D. W. D. Owen - 1979
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  33. Hartshorne on Evaluating Metaphysical Claims.John Donald Gilroy - 1982 - Dissertation, Saint Louis University
    Despite its ancient heritage, the field of metaphysics has received some of its greatest clarification, defense and development in recent decades from two thinkers with strikingly different backgrounds and interests. European philosopher of science Karl Popper, while attempting to identify how science should be conceived, inadvertently shed much light on metaphysics by concluding that science and metaphysics differ from each other in that the former is empirically falsifiable while the latter is not. This 'Popperian criterion of demarcation' between science and (...)
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  34. Tom L. Beauchamp, , "Philosophical Problems of Causation". [REVIEW]William A. Wallace - 1976 - The Thomist 40 (4):694.
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  35. Der Begriff der Verursachung und das Problem der individuellen Kausalität.Hugo Bergmann - 1914 - Rivista di Filosofia 5:77.
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  36. The Philosophical and Physical Aspects of Causality in D. Bohm.Zygmunt Hajduk - 1975 - Roczniki Filozoficzne 23 (3):74.
  37. On Causation and Belief.Charles A. Mercier - 1918 - Mind 27 (105):94-102.
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  38. EMMET, D. -Function, Purpose and Powers. [REVIEW]J. Hartland-Swann - 1959 - Mind 68:550.
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  39. READE, W. H. V. -The Problem of Inference. [REVIEW]K. Britton - 1939 - Mind 48:378.
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  40. D. H. MELLOR: "The Anticipation of Nature". [REVIEW]Rom Harre - 1967 - Ratio (Misc.) 9 (1):93.
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  41. SALMON, Wesley: The Foundations of Scientific Inference. [REVIEW]D. Stove - 1969 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 47:86.
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  42. BLACKBURN, S.: "Reason and Prediction". [REVIEW]D. C. Stove - 1974 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 52:72.
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  43. SKYRMS, B.: "Choice and Chance". [REVIEW]R. A. Girle - 1976 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 54:92.
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  44. HUMPHREYS, Willard C.-"Anomalies and Scientific Theories". [REVIEW]R. G. Swinburne - 1969 - Philosophy 44:166.
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  45. The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science. [REVIEW]Stephen Mumfordt - 2000 - Philosophy 75 (4):613-626.
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  46. Cambridge Philosophers I: F. P. Ramsey1: D. H. Mellor.D. H. Mellor - 1995 - Philosophy 70 (272):243-262.
    Frank Plumpton Ramsey was born in February 1903, and he died in January 1930—just before his 27th birthday. In his short life he produced an extraordinary amount of profound and original work in economics, mathematics and logic as well as in philosophy: work which in all these fields is still, over sixty years on, extremely influential.
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  47. Causal Dependence and Multiplicity: David H. Sanford.David H. Sanford - 1985 - Philosophy 60 (232):215-230.
    Ted Honderich's ‘Causes and If p, even if x, still q ’ contains many good points I shall not discuss. My discussion is restricted to some of the points Honderich makes about causal priority in the final two sections of his paper. He considers several proposals, new and old, for accounting for causal priority before he presents a tentativeproposal of his own. He thinks that some of these proposals, besides having difficulties peculiar to themselves, share the deficiency of lacking the (...)
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  48. Proceedings of the Irvine Conference on Probability and Causation.Brian Skyrms & William L. Harper - 1988
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  49. Proof and Explanation the Virginia Lectures.John Wisdom & Stephen Francis Barker - 1991
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  50. To Make Sure is to Cohere.Francis Schwanauer - 1982
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