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Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part I: Causes

Joseph Y. Halpern and Judea Pearl
The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Vol. 56, No. 4 (Dec., 2005), pp. 843-887
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3541870
Page Count: 45
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Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part I: Causes
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Abstract

We propose a new definition of actual causes, using structural equations to model counterfactuals. We show that the definition yields a plausible and elegant account of causation that handles well examples which have caused problems for other definitions and resolves major difficulties in the traditional account.

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