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  1. added 2018-10-10
    Conjunctive Forks and Temporally Asymmetric Inference.Elliott Sober & Martin Barrett - 1992 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 70 (1):1 – 23.
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  2. added 2018-02-16
    Toy Models for Retrocausality.Huw Price - 2008 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 39 (4):752-761.
    Forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 39(2008).
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  3. added 2017-09-28
    Time and Causality.Evandro Agazzi - 1978 - Epistemologia 1 (2):397.
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    The Cement of the Universe: A Study of Causation.J. L. Mackie - 1980 - Clarendon Press.
    Studies causation both as a concept and as it is 'in the objects.' Offers new accounts of the logic of singular causal statements, the form of causal regularities, the detection of causal relationships, the asymmetry of cause and effect, and necessary connection, and it relates causation to functional and statistical laws and to teleology.
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  5. added 2017-07-13
    Concrete Causation: About the Structures of Causal Knowledge.Roland Poellinger - 2012 - Dissertation, LMU Munich
    Concrete Causation centers about theories of causation, their interpretation, and their embedding in metaphysical-ontological questions, as well as the application of such theories in the context of science and decision theory. The dissertation is divided into four chapters, that firstly undertake the historical-systematic localization of central problems (chapter 1) to then give a rendition of the concepts and the formalisms underlying David Lewis' and Judea Pearl's theories (chapter 2). After philosophically motivated conceptual deliberations Pearl's mathematical-technical framework is drawn on for (...)
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    Backwards Causation and the Chancy Past.John Cusbert - 2018 - Mind 127 (505):1-33.
    I argue that the past can be objectively chancy in cases of backwards causation, and defend a view of chance that allows for this. Using a case, I argue against the popular temporal view of chance, according to which chances are defined relative to times, and all chancy events must lie in the future. I then state and defend the causal view of chance, according to which chances are defined relative to causal histories, and all chancy events must lie causally (...)
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  7. added 2017-06-08
    Some Remarks on Backwards Causation.Brian Garrett - 2015 - Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 71 (4):695-704.
    Resumo Neste texto, o autor concentra-se em dois artigos históricos: o de Max Black “Why cannot an effect precede its cause”? e o de Michael Dummett “Bringing about the Past”. O autor irá mostrar onde falha o “bilking argument” de Black, contra a possibilidade da causalidade invertida. Por conseguinte, o autor irá concordar com Dummett, na possibilidade de um agente actuar a fim de que algo possa ocorrer no passado, contudo, discordando da argumentação de Dummett face a um desafio céptico, (...)
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    The Causal Asymmetry.Peter A. White - 2006 - Psychological Review 113 (1):132-147.
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    Backwards Causation and Continuing.Sarah Waterlow - 1974 - Mind 83 (331):372-387.
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  10. added 2017-06-06
    Causation and Temporal Relations.Michael Tooley - 1999 - In Time and Causation. Garland. pp. 2--127.
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    Time and Causation.Michael Tooley (ed.) - 1999 - Garland.
    First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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  12. added 2017-06-06
    The Logical Asymmetry of Causation.Yuval Steinitz - 1994 - Philosophical Papers 23 (1):49-57.
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    Causing Yesterday's Effects.Lynne Spellman - 1982 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 12 (1):145 - 161.
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  14. added 2017-05-23
    Professor Mackie on the Direction of Causation.W. A. Suchting - 1968 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 29 (2):289-291.
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    Precognition and Backwards Causation.Keith Seddon - 1991 - Philosophy Now 2:20-23.
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    Meso-Level Objects, Powers, and Simultaneous Causation.Tobias Hansson Wahlberg - 2017 - Metaphysica 18 (1).
    I argue that Mumford and Anjum’s recent theory of simultaneous causation among powerful meso-level objects is problematic in several respects: it is based on a false dichotomy, it is incompatible with standard meso-level physics, it is explanatory deficient, and it threatens to render the powers metaphysics incoherent. Powers theorists are advised, therefore, to adopt a purely sequential conception of causation.
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    The Asymmetry of Counterfactual Dependence.Christian Loew - 2017 - Philosophy of Science 84 (3):436-455.
    A certain type of counterfactual is thought to be intimately related to causation, control, and explanation. The time asymmetry of these phenomena therefore plausibly arises from a time asymmetry of counterfactual dependence. But why is counterfactual dependence time asymmetric? The most influential account of the time asymmetry of counterfactual dependence is David Albert’s account, which posits a new, time-asymmetric fundamental physical law, the so-called “past hypothesis.” Albert argues that the time asymmetry of counterfactual dependence arises from holding fixed the past (...)
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  18. added 2017-03-15
    Response to Ehring's 'Papineau on Causal Asymmetry'.D. Papineau - 1988 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 39 (4):521-525.
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    Causal Asymmetry.David Papineau - 1985 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 36 (3):273-289.
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  20. added 2017-02-26
    The Physical Foundations of Causation.Douglas Kutach - 2007 - In Huw Price & Richard Corry (eds.), Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited. Oxford University Press.
    I defend what may loosely be called an eliminativist account of causation by showing how several of the main features of causation, namely asymmetry, transitivity, and necessitation, arise from the combination of fundamental dynamical laws and a special constraint on the macroscopic structure of matter in the past. At the microscopic level, the causal features of necessitation and transitivity are grounded, but not the asymmetry. At the coarse-grained level of the macroscopic physics, the causal asymmetry is grounded, but not the (...)
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    Counterfactuals and the Second Law.Barry Loewer - 2007 - In Huw Price & Richard Corry (eds.), Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited. Oxford University Press.
  22. added 2017-02-26
    Causal Condition, Causal Asymmetry, and the Counterfactual Analysis of Causation.Jig-Chuen Lee - 1986 - Synthese 67 (2):213 - 223.
    In a recent paper Causal Asymmetry, Douglas Ehring has proposed an intriguing solution to the vexing problem of causal asymmetry. The aim of this paper is to show that his theory is not satisfactory. Moreover, the examples that I use in showing the defect of Ehring's theory also indicate that the counterfactual analysis of causation has a problem that cannot be remedied by Marshall Swain's suggested refinement of the counterfactual analysis of causation in Causation and Distinct Events.
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    On Mackie's Solution To The Problem of Causal Asymmetry.Jig-Chuen Lee - 1984 - Philosophical Inquiry 6 (2):136-143.
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    Defending Backwards Causation Against the Objection From the Ignorance Condition.Abla Hasan - 2014 - Disputatio 6 (39):173-197.
    Since Michel Dummett published “Can an effect precede its cause?”, in which he argued for the logical consistency of backwards causation, the controversial concept has turned to a subject of all kinds of interpretations and misinterpretations. Some like Ben-yami, Peijnenburg and Gorovitz have wrongly ascribed to Dummett the view that the argument for the consistency of believing in backwards causation applies only in cases where the agent doesn’t know about the occurrence of the past effect. In this paper I defend (...)
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    Explanatory Relations Between the Direction of Causation and the Fork Asymmetry.Paul Horwich - 1993 - Analysis 53 (3):154 - 155.
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    Transference and the Direction of Causation.A. David Kline - 1985 - Erkenntnis 23 (1):51 - 54.
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    The Direction of Causation.Alton David Kline - 1976 - Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
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    Causal Models and the Asymmetry of State Preparation.Mathias Frisch - 2010 - In Mauricio Suarez, Mauro Dorato & Miklos Redei (eds.), EPSA Philosophical Issues in the Sciences · Launch of the European Philosophy of Science Association. Springer. pp. 75--85.
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    Causality and Dispersion: A Reply to John Norton.Mathias Frisch - 2009 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 60 (3):487 - 495.
    Classical dispersion relations are derived from a time-asymmetric constraint. I argue that the standard causal interpretation of this constraint plays a scientifically legitimate role in dispersion theory, and hence provides a counterexample to the causal skepticism advanced by John Norton and others. Norton ([2009]) argues that the causal interpretation of the time-asymmetric constraint is an empty honorific and that the constraint can be motivated by purely non-causal considerations. In this paper I respond to Norton's criticisms and argue that Norton's skepticism (...)
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    Does a Low-Entropy Constraint Prevent Us From Influencing the Past?Mathias Frisch - 2007 - In Andreas Hüttemann & Gerhard Ernst (eds.), Time, Chance, and Reduction: Philosophical Aspects of Statistical Mechanics. Cambridge University Press. pp. 13--33.
    David Albert and Barry Loewer have argued that the temporal asymmetry of our concept of causal influence or control is grounded in the statistical mechanical assumption of a low-entropy past. In this paper I critically examine Albert's and Loewer 's accounts.
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    Causal Asymmetries.Daniel M. Hausman - 1998 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book, by one of the pre-eminent philosophers of science writing today, offers the most comprehensive account available of causal asymmetries. Causation is asymmetrical in many different ways. Causes precede effects; explanations cite causes not effects. Agents use causes to manipulate their effects; they don't use effects to manipulate their causes. Effects of a common cause are correlated; causes of a common effect are not. This book explains why a relationship that is asymmetrical in one of these regards is asymmetrical (...)
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    Causal Priority at the Singular Level: Fork Asymmetry-Based Accounts Meet the Generalization Strategy.Linda Leanne Habeeb - 1998 - Dissertation, City University of New York
    I dissect one particular strategy for explaining causal priority: the fork asymmetry strategy. I argue that the best objections that have been raised are objections to versions which are less than optimal. I develop the strongest version of the principle and argue that this stronger version is fully equipped to explain causal priority at the type level. So far so good. But, I discover and attempt to deal with one remaining and perhaps insurmountable problem--Fork asymmetry accounts cannot explain causal priority (...)
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    Causal and Explanatory Asymmetry.Daniel M. Hausman - 1982 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982:43 - 54.
    This paper asks why causal asymmetries should give rise to explanatory asymmetries. One way to give some rationale for the asymmetries of causal explanation is to adopt a pragmatic view of explanation and to stress the fact that causes can be used to manipulate their effects. This paper argues, however, that when one recognizes that causal asymmetry is fundamentally an asymmetry of "connectedness", one can see how causal asymmetry leads to an objective difference between explanations in terms of causes and (...)
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  34. added 2016-12-18
    Causality and Time: A Sense of Reduction.Sebastian Alvarez Toledo - 2008 - Teorema: International Journal of Philosophy 27 (1):29-42.
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    Causal Loops and the Independence of Causal Facts.Phil Dowe - 2001 - Proceedings of the Philosophy of Science Association 2001 (3):S89-.
    According to Hugh Mellor in Real Time II (1998, Ch. 12), assuming the logical independence of causal facts and the 'law of large numbers', causal loops are impossible because if they were possible they would produce inconsistent sets of frequencies. I clarify the argument, and argue that it would be preferable to abandon the relevant independence assumption in the case of causal loops.
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    Backwards Causation.W. S. Anglin - 1980 - Analysis 41 (2):86 - 91.
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    Simultaneous Causation.Myles Brand - 1980 - In Peter van Inwagen (ed.), Time and Cause. D. Reidel. pp. 137-153.
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  38. added 2016-12-14
    Direction and Description.Y. Ben-Menahem - 2001 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 32 (4):621-635.
    This paper deals with the dependence of directionality in the course of events-or our claims concerning such directionality-on the modes of description we use in speaking of the events in question. I argue that criteria of similarity and individuation play a crucial role in assessments of directionality. This is an extension of Davidson's claim regarding the difference between causal and explanatory contexts. The argument is based on a characterisation of notions of necessity and contingency that differ from their modal logic (...)
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    Backwards Causation and the Direction of Causal Processes.Phil Dowe - 1996 - Mind 105 (418):227-248.
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    Causal Asymmetry and Causal Relata: Reply to Lee.Douglas Ehring - 1988 - Synthese 76 (3):371 - 375.
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    Papineau on Causal Asymmetry.Douglas Ehring - 1987 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 38 (1):81-87.
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    Causal Priority and Causal Conditionship.J. A. Cover - 1987 - Synthese 71 (1):19 - 36.
    Temporal analyses of causal directionality fail if causes needn't precede their effects. Certain well-known difficulties with alternative (non-temporal) analyses have, in recent accounts, been avoided by attending more carefully to the formal features of relations typically figuring in philosophical discussions of causation. I discuss here a representative of such accounts, offered by David Sanford, according to which a correct analysis of causal priority must issue from viewing the condition relation as nonsymmetrical. The theory is shown first to be an implicitly (...)
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    Causal Asymmetry.Douglas Ehring - 1982 - Journal of Philosophy 79 (12):761-774.
    This thesis addresses the problem of causal asymmetry. This problem may be characterized as follows: what is the relation R such that if an event c causes an event e c bears relation R to e but e does not bear relation R to e. The traditional Humean account of causal asymmetry is that "R" may be replaced by "temporally prior." Difficulties with this account based on consideration of cases of simultaneous causation and backward causation have given rise to non-Humean (...)
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    The Brownian Direction of Causation.Douglas Ehring - 1980 - Journal of Critical Analysis 8 (2):51-56.
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    On Mackie's New Account of Causal Priority.Douglas Ehring - 1980 - Analysis 41 (2):82 - 83.
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    Precognition and the Philosophy of Science: An Essay on Backwards Causation.Bob Brier - 1977 - Philosophical Review 86 (1):124-125.
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    The Direction of Causation.J. L. Mackie - 1966 - Philosophical Review 75 (4):441-466.
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  48. added 2016-12-13
    Assimetria causal: um estudo.Túlio Roberto Xavier de Aguiar - 2003 - Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy 44 (108):279-289.
    This paper examines the asymmetrical aspect of causal relation, confronting it to Humean and Neo-Humean's view. Following Hausman and Ehring, we favor a situational approach to causal asymmetry. We explore the Hausman's analysis of flagpole's example, clearing the connexions between causation and explanation. Our general diagnosis is that the Neo-humean tradition wrongly supposes that nomic relations, with the exception of minor details, exhaust the causal relations.
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    Ehring's Theory of Causal Asymmetry.Gregory Bassham - 1986 - Analysis 46 (1):29 - 32.
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    A Causal Model for Causal Priority.Martin Bunzl - 1984 - Erkenntnis 21 (1):31 - 44.
    Recent attempts to fix the direction of causal priority without reference to the direction of temporal priority have begun with an analysis of the causal relation itself. I offer a method, based on causal modelling theory, designed to determine the direction of causal priority while remaining as agnostic as possible about the nature of the causal relation.
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