Lewis on Backward Causation

Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 4 (3):141-150 (2015)

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Ryan Wasserman
Western Washington University
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David Lewis famously defends a counterfactual theory of causation and a non-causal, similarity-based theory of counterfactuals. Lewis also famously defends the possibility of backward causation. I argue that this combination of views is untenable—given the possibility of backward causation, one ought to reject Lewis's theories of causation and counterfactuals.
Keywords world similarity  counterfactuals  time travel  David Lewis  causation
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DOI 10.1002/tht3.167
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