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Direct Cause

Eberhardt, Frederick (2013) Direct Cause. [Preprint]


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An interventionist account of causation characterizes causal relations in terms of changes resulting from particular interventions. We provide an example of a causal relation for which there does not exist an intervention satisfying the common interventionist standard. We consider adaptations that would save this standard and describe their implications for an interventionist account of causation. No adaptation preserves all the aspects that make the interventionist account appealing.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: causation, intervention, interventionism, definition of cause, faithfulness
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Experimentation
Depositing User: Dr Frederick Eberhardt
Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2013 20:56
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2013 20:56
Item ID: 9502
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
General Issues > Experimentation
Date: 1 January 2013

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