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Sankey, Howard, ed. Causation and Laws of Nature. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer, 1999. This collection provides an overview of current work in the theory of causation, covering various approaches to causation, including counterfactual, singularist, nomological, and causal process approaches. Authors include Brian Ellis, D. M. Armstrong, John Bigelow, Martin Leckey, Caroline Lierse, Alan Baker, John Forge, Cathy Legg, David Lewis, Barry Taylor, J. J. C. Smart, F. John Clendinnen, John D. Collier, Phil Dowe, Kevin B.
Lewis’s latest version of a counterfactual theory, from his Whitehead Lectures at Harvard University in March 1999, developed in terms of alterations of events with counterfactual dependence obtaining between ranges of such alterations. ‣Menzies, Peter. ” Philosophy of Science 56 (1989): 642–663. 1086/289518 Argues that probabilistic causation raises special problems for Lewis’s counterfactual theory, most notably when a less reliable stochastic process preempts a more reliable one while nonetheless producing the effect.
Various approaches to laws of nature themselves cast doubt on the tenability of the empiricist outlook, including Carroll 1994, Dretske 1977, and Tooley 1987. Armstrong 1983 also criticizes the empiricist outlook and also questions the connection between causation and laws of nature. ‣Anscombe, Gertrude E. M. ” In Causality and Determination: An Inaugural Lecture. By Anscombe, Gertrude E. M. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1971. Defends a singularity view, according to which causation is a local, visible phenomenon that need not be backed by any law of nature.
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