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Causation: A User's Guide

L. A. Paul and Ned Hall


Causation is at once familiar and mysterious. Many believe that the causal relation is not directly observable, but that we nevertheless can somehow detect its presence in the world, and much work in the natural and social sciences relies on our ability to detect it. Yet neither common sense, scientific investigation, nor extensive philosophical debate has led us to anything like agreement on the correct analysis of the concept of causation or an account of the metaphysical nature of the causal relation. Contemporary philosophical debates about causation are driven by opposing motivations, con ... More

Keywords: reduction, regularity, metaphysics of causation, counterfactual, de facto, transference, dependence, causal modeling, philosophical methodology, ontological reduction, structural equations, counterexample, contrastive

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199673445
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673445.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. A. Paul, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ned Hall, author
Harvard University