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Causation by Disconnection
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 67, No. 2 (Jun., 2000), pp. 285-300
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/188725
Page Count: 16
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The physical and/or intrinsic connection approach to causation has become prominent in the recent literature, with Salmon, Dowe, Menzies, and Armstrong among its leading proponents. I show that there is a type of causation, causation by disconnection, with no physical or intrinsic connection between cause and effect. Only Hume-style conditions approaches and hybrid conditions-connections approaches appear to be able to handle causation by disconnection. Some Hume-style, extrinsic, absence-relating, necessary and/or sufficient condition component of the causal relation proves to be needed.
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