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.

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  • Medical Ethics

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  • Ramsey, Tropes, Universals, Causal belief, Causation, Ontology
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
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedNo