Philosophy of Science 59 (3):471-479 (1992)

Authors
John W. Carroll
North Carolina State University
Abstract
The unanimity theory is an account of property-level causation requiring that causes raise the probability of their effects in specified test situations. Richard Otte (1981) and others have presented counterexamples in which one property is probabilistically sufficient for at least one other property. Given the continuing discussion (e.g., Cartwright 1989; Cartwright and Dupre 1988; Eells 1988a,b), many apparently think that these problems are minor. By considering the impact of Otte's cases on recent versions of the theory, by raising several new examples, and by criticizing natural replies, I argue that the problems for the unanimity theory are severe
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1086/289684
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 53,586
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Property-Level Causation?John W. Carroll - 1991 - Philosophical Studies 63 (3):245 - 270.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Probabilistic Causality Reexamined.Greg Ray - 1992 - Erkenntnis 36 (2):219 - 244.
Probabilistic Causal Interaction.Ellery Eells - 1986 - Philosophy of Science 53 (1):52-64.
Cartwright and Otte on Simpson's Paradox.Ellery Eells - 1987 - Philosophy of Science 54 (2):233-243.
General Causation.John W. Carroll - 1988 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1988:311 - 317.
Sober's Use of Unanimity in the Units of Selection Problem.Fred Gifford - 1986 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:473 - 482.
A Criterion of Probabilistic Causation.Charles R. Twardy & Kevin B. Korb - 2004 - Philosophy of Science 71 (3):241-262.
Probabilistic Causality: Reply to John Dupré.Ellery Eells - 1987 - Philosophy of Science 54 (1):105-114.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
210 ( #40,767 of 2,348,599 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #512,295 of 2,348,599 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes