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Pragmatic causation

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Russell famously argued that causation should be dispensed with. He gave two explicit arguments for this conclusion, both of which can be defused if we loosen the ties between causation and determinism. I show that we can define a concept of causation which meets Russell's conditions but does not reduce to triviality. Unfortunately, a further serious problem is implicit beneath the details of Russell's arguments, which I call the causal exclusion problem. Meeting this problem invo...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Exeter College
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Pages:
159–190
Host title:
Causation, physics, and the constitution of reality: Russell's republic revisited
Publication date:
2007-01-01
URN:
uuid:efe3bde4-b9c6-44d1-8407-ed0389f5ad96
Local pid:
ora:8015
ISBN:
9780199278183

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