American Philosophical Quarterly 55 (3):303-312 (2018)

Neil McDonnell
University of Glasgow
There are at least two different concepts that philosophers might target when analyzing causation: a pre-selective notion and a selective notion. This paper argues that these two distinct conceptions have been conflated to date, citing the puzzles of overdetermination, extensionality, and transitivity as evidence. The primary aim of the paper is to help reset the methodological scene concerning analyses of causation.
Keywords Causation  Making a difference  Transitivity  Extensional  Overdetermination
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