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Causal Powers

Eric Hiddleston
The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Vol. 56, No. 1 (Mar., 2005), pp. 27-59
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3541849
Page Count: 33
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Abstract

Nancy Cartwright offers an account of causal powers, and argues that it explains some important general features of scientific method. Patricia Cheng argues that this theory is superior as a psychological theory of learning to standard models of conditioning. I extend and develop the theory, and argue that it provides the best explanation of a number of problem cases for philosophical theories of causation, including preemption, overdetermination and puzzles about transitivity.

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