Causal Mechanisms and the Philosophy of Causation


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Ruth Groff
St. Louis University
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Lack of clarity about underlying philosophical commitments leads to lack of clarity at other levels of analysis. Here I show that the literature on so-called “causal mechanisms” is rife with conceptual problems, stemming from insufficient rigor with respect to the metaphysics of causation.
Keywords causal powers  critical realism  causation  causal mechanisms
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DOI 10.1111/jtsb.12118
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