A Model-Invariant Theory of Causation

Philosophical Review 130 (1):45-96 (2021)

Abstract

I provide a theory of causation within the causal modeling framework. In contrast to most of its predecessors, this theory is model-invariant in the following sense: if the theory says that C caused (didn't cause) E in a causal model, M, then it will continue to say that C caused (didn't cause) E once we've removed an inessential variable from M. I suggest that, if this theory is true, then we should understand a cause as something which transmits deviant or non-inertial behavior to its effect.

Download options

PhilArchive

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2018-06-18

Downloads
709 (#11,255)

6 months
158 (#3,374)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

J. Dmitri Gallow
University of Pittsburgh

References found in this work

Causality: Models, Reasoning and Inference.Judea Pearl - 2000 - Cambridge University Press.
Causation.David Lewis - 1973 - Journal of Philosophy 70 (17):556-567.
Making Things Happen. A Theory of Causal Explanation.Michael Strevens - 2007 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (1):233-249.

View all 78 references / Add more references

Similar books and articles

A Partial Theory of Actual Causation.Brad Weslake - 2015 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
Structural Equations and Causation.Ned Hall - 2007 - Philosophical Studies 132 (1):109 - 136.
Causal Models, Token Causation, and Processes.Peter Menzies - 2004 - Philosophy of Science 71 (5):820-832.
Grounding in the Image of Causation.Jonathan Schaffer - 2016 - Philosophical Studies 173 (1):49-100.
Against the Contrastive Account of Singular Causation.Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen - 2012 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 63 (1):115-143.