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Published July 2001 | public
Journal Article

A Tale of Two Effects


[Introduction] In recent years, there has been a philosophical cottage industry producing arguments that our concept of causation is not univocal: that there are in fact two (or more) concepts of causation, corresponding to distinct species of causal relation. Papers written in this tradition have borne titles like "Two Concepts of Cause" (Sober 1985) and "Two Concepts of Causation" (Hall forthcoming). With due apologies to Charles Dickens, I hereby make my own contribution to this genre.

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© 2001 Duke University Press. For comments on earlier drafts, I would like to thank Nancy Cartwright, Phil Dowe, Harold Hodes, Richard Miller, Judea Pearl, Jonathan Schaffer, Jim Woodward, two anonymous referees for the Philosophical Review, and audience members at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Arizona State University.

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