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Article: Using Defaults to Understand Token Causation

TitleUsing Defaults to Understand Token Causation
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Issue Date2016
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Journal of Philosophy, 2016, v. 113, p. 5-26 How to Cite?
AbstractRecent literature on causation invokes a distinction between deviant and default behavior to account for token causation. Critical examination of two prominent attempts to employ a distinction between deviants and defaults reveals that the distinction is far from clear. I clarify and develop the distinction by appeal to the notion of a modally robust process, and show how the distinction can be employed by causal process theorists to respond to cases of causation by omission. This shows that the default/deviant distinction is not so much a tool for counterfactual accounts of causation, but rather for causal process theory.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/228781

 

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dc.contributor.authorWolff, JE-
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-23T14:07:04Z-
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dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Philosophy, 2016, v. 113, p. 5-26-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/228781-
dc.description.abstractRecent literature on causation invokes a distinction between deviant and default behavior to account for token causation. Critical examination of two prominent attempts to employ a distinction between deviants and defaults reveals that the distinction is far from clear. I clarify and develop the distinction by appeal to the notion of a modally robust process, and show how the distinction can be employed by causal process theorists to respond to cases of causation by omission. This shows that the default/deviant distinction is not so much a tool for counterfactual accounts of causation, but rather for causal process theory.-
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dc.identifier.doi10.5840/jphil201611311-
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