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Boolean difference-making: a modern regularity theory of causation

Baumgartner, Michael and Falk, Christoph (2018) Boolean difference-making: a modern regularity theory of causation. [Preprint]

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A regularity theory of causation analyses type-level causation in terms of Boolean difference-making. The essential ingredient that helps this theoretical framework overcome the well-known problems of Hume's and Mill's classical regularity theoretic proposals is a principle of non-redundancy: only redundancy-free Boolean dependency structures track causation. The first part of this paper argues that the recent regularity theoretic literature has not consistently implemented this principle, for it disregarded two important types of redundancies: componential and structural redundancies. The second part then develops a new variant of a regularity theory that does justice to all types of redundancies and, thereby, provides the first all-inclusive notion of Boolean difference-making.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: Regularity theory of causation, difference-making, Boolean causal models, configurational comparative methods, Coincidence Analysis, Qualitative Comparative Analysis
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Dr. Michael Baumgartner
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2018 17:26
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2018 17:26
Item ID: 14876
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Date: 2018

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