Philosophy of Science 87 (1):43-69 (2020)

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Jonathan Livengood
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Justin Sytsma
Victoria University of Wellington
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Many theories of actual causation implicitly endorse the claim that if c is an actual cause of e, then either c causes e directly or every intermediary by which c indirectly causes e is itself both an actual cause of e and also an actual effect of c. We think this compositionality constraint is plausible. However, as we show, it is not always satisfied by the causal attributions ordinary people make. We conclude by considering what philosophers working on causation should do when the deliverances of their theories diverge from what ordinary people say.
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