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Efficient CausationA History$
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Tad M. Schmaltz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199782185

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.001.0001

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Contemporary Efficient Causation

Contemporary Efficient Causation

Humean Themes

(p.284) (p.285) Chapter Ten Contemporary Efficient Causation
Efficient Causation

Douglas Ehring

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a review of the main contemporary non-Aristotelian or non–disposition-based theories of causation—Humean theories in a broad sense, but including nonreductionist accounts. Focus is primarily on theories of the nature of the causal relation, but theories of the nature of the causal relata are also considered. This chapter begins with regularity theories, including a Humean formulation and significant revisions from Davidson and Mackie. In subsequent sections, counterfactual theories, probability theories, process theories, manipulability theories, singularist theories and antireductionist theories are discussed. Emphasis is placed on problem cases, including those involving preemption, joint effects, and indeterministic causation. At the end of this chaper is a review of contemporary theories of the causal relata, including accounts that take causes and effects to be a events or facts.

Keywords:   causal relata, causation, counterfactual, Humean, indeterminism, manipulability, preemption, regularity

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