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Probabilistic Causation and Causal Processes: A Critique of Lewis

Peter Menzies
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 56, No. 4 (Dec., 1989), pp. 642-663
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/187785
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

This paper examines a promising probabilistic theory of singular causation developed by David Lewis. I argue that Lewis' theory must be made more sophisticated to deal with certain counterexamples involving pre-emption. These counterexamples appear to show that in the usual case singular causation requires an unbroken causal process to link cause with effect. I propose a new probabilistic account of singular causation, within the framework developed by Lewis, which captures this intuition.

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