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Determinism and Causation Examples

Burock, Marc (2004) Determinism and Causation Examples. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    In studying causation, many examples are presented assuming that determinism holds in the world of the example such as the notoriously difficult to resolve preemptive and preventative situations. We show that for deterministic examples that this conditional preemptive situation is either (i)vacuously true, (ii)contradictory, or (iii) implies indeterminism. Along the way we formulate a specific block space-time definition of determinism, and suggest that commonsense causation theories need focus on unphysical quantities and indeterminism.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Causation Determinism Preemption
    Subjects: General Issues > Causation
    General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
    Depositing User: Marc Burock
    Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1785
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1785

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