A fundamental problem of causation (with no solution)

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Abstract

Traditional views of causation are cause-effect views. Among other things, what is claimed is that when a causal report is true, a cause and an effect exist. Similarly with theories of causal beliefs, such as Gärdenfors's (1988) view that - by looking at the contraction with respect to the cause of the given epistemic state - we can apply the simple criterion that the occurrence of C raises the probability of the occurrence of E. The cause and the effect has been at centre in much theorising about causation and causal beliefs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpinning Ideas: Electronic Essays Dedicated to Peter Gärdenfors on His Fiftieth Birthday
EditorsSahlin Nils-Eric, Halldén Sören, Bengt Hansson, Wlodek Rabinowicz
PublisherDepartment of Philosophy, Lund University
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Medical Ethics

Keywords

  • Ramsey
  • Tropes
  • Universals
  • Causal belief
  • Causation
  • Ontology

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