Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95 (2):270-283 (2017)

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N. Ángel Pinillos
Arizona State University
Paul Henne
Lake Forest College
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People generally accept that there is causation by omission—that the omission of some events cause some related events. But this acceptance elicits the selection problem, or the difficulty of explaining the selection of a particular omissive cause or class of causes from the causal conditions. Some theorists contend that dependence theories of causation cannot resolve this problem. In this paper, we argue that the appeal to norms adequately resolves the selection problem for dependence theories, and we provide novel experimental evidence for it.
Keywords Cause by Omission  Cause  Omission  Dependence Theory  Process Theory  Causation
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