Analysis 65 (1):12-18 (2005)

Robert Northcott
Birkbeck, University of London
Robert Northcott
Birkbeck College, London
Comparisons of causal efficacy are ubiquitous in the practice of science and indeed everyday life. I focus on just one aspect of this task – one to my knowledge nowhere yet addressed satisfactorily – namely, comparing the efficacies of two causes that work in apparently incommensurable ways. Contrary to common opinion I argue that, to be comparable, it is neither necessary nor sufficient that two causes also be commensurable.
Keywords causation  degree of causation  commensurability
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DOI 10.1093/analys/65.1.12
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