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Transition chances and causation

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The general claims of this paper are as follows. As a result of chaotic dynamics we can usually not know what the deterministic causes of events are. There will however be invariant forwards transition chances from earlier types of events, which we call the causes, to later types of events, which we call the effects. There will be no invariant backwards transition chances between these types of events. This asymmetry has the same origin and explanation as the arrow of time of thermodynamics.
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Published
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Peer reviewed
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10.1111/1468-0114.00033

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
University College
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Publisher's website
Journal:
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly Journal website
Volume:
78
Issue:
2
Pages:
149-168
Publication date:
1997-06-05
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EISSN:
1468-0114
ISSN:
0279-0750
URN:
uuid:f948a4ec-399a-4c66-84e5-5d4d32f8d108
Local pid:
ora:1551
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English
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