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The Time-Asymmetry of Causation

Price, Huw and Weslake, Brad (2008) The Time-Asymmetry of Causation. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    One of the most striking features of causation is that causes typically precede their effects – the causal arrow is strongly aligned with the temporal arrow. Why should this be so? We offer an opinionated guide to this problem, and to the solutions currently on offer. We conclude that the most promising strategy is to begin with the de facto asymmetry of human deliberation, characterised in epistemic terms, and to build out from there. More than any rival, this subjectivist approach promises to demystify the asymmetry, temporal orientation, and deliberative relevance of causal judgements.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock and Peter Menzies (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Causation (OUP).
    Keywords: Causation, causality, time-asymmetry, causal asymmetry, arrow of time
    Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
    General Issues > Causation
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Depositing User: Prof Huw Price
    Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4475
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4475

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