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Published June 1996 | public
Journal Article

Farewell to Binary Causation


[Introduction] Causation is a topic of perennial philosophical concern. As well as being of intrinsic interest, almost all philosophical concepts - such as knowledge, beauty, and moral responsibility - involve a causal dimension. Nonetheless, attempts to provide a satisfactory account of the nature of causation have typically led to barrages of counterexamples. I hope to show that a number of the difficulties plaguing theories of causation have a common source.

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© 1996 Taylor & Francis. Received: 1 Nov 1994. Revised: March, 1996. For their comments upon earlier versions of this paper, I would like to thank Nuel Belnap, John Earman, Richard Gale, Mitch Green, and Wes Salmon; audience members at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Texas at Austin, and the twenty-fourth annual meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy; and two anonymous referees for the Canadian journal of Philosophy.

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