Structural equations and beyond

Review of Symbolic Logic 6 (4):709-732 (2013)
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Franz Huber
University of Toronto, St. George
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Recent accounts of actual causation are stated in terms of extended causal models. These extended causal models contain two elements representing two seemingly distinct modalities. The first element are structural equations which represent the or mechanisms of the model, just as ordinary causal models do. The second element are ranking functions which represent normality or typicality. The aim of this paper is to show that these two modalities can be unified. I do so by formulating two constraints under which extended causal models with their two modalities can be subsumed under so called which contain just one modality. These two constraints will be formally precise versions of Lewissystem of weights or priorities” governing overall similarity between possible worlds.
Keywords causation  structural equations  ranking functions
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DOI 10.1017/S175502031300018X
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Causation.David Lewis - 1973 - Journal of Philosophy 70 (17):556-567.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part I: Causes.Joseph Y. Halpern & Judea Pearl - 2005 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 56 (4):843-887.
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