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Probabilistic Causality and Multiple Causation

Paul Humphreys
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
Vol. 1980, Volume Two: Symposia and Invited Papers (1980), pp. 25-37
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/192584
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Abstract

It is argued in this paper that although much attention has been paid to causal chains and common causes within the literature on probabilistic causality, a primary virtue of that approach is its ability to deal with cases of multiple causation. In doing so some ways are indicated in which contemporary sine qua non analyses of causation are too narrow (and ways in which probabilistic causality is not) and an argument by Reichenbach designed to provide a basis for the asymmetry of causation is refined. The importance of referring causal claims to an abstract model is also emphasized.

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