Foundations of Science 1 (4):543-563 (1995)

Causality in the abstract is a grand theme. We take it up when we want to penetrate to the bottom of things to understand general laws that govern the working at the world of the deepest and most detailed level.In this essay, I argue for a more situated understanding of causality. To counter our desire for ever greater generality, I suggest that causal relations, even those that hold only on average, require context. To counter our desire for ever greater detail, I suggest that causal relations may exist only at a certain level of granularity.
Keywords Causality  Singular causation  Average causation  Contingent cause  Structural cause  Moivrean event  Humean event
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DOI 10.1007/BF00125786
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