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Determinism and Causation Examples

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


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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
Burock, Marc
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 15:12
Item ID: 1785

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