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5. What is a cause?

5. What is a cause?  

Stephen Mumford

in Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778308
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199657124.003.0006
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chapter
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9780199657124
‘What is a cause?’ describes why causation is vital and what causal connections are. Without causation nothing would matter to anything else. We might think of a cause as one event followed ... More
5. Counterfactual dependence: do causes make a difference?

5. Counterfactual dependence: do causes make a difference?  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

in Causation: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2013
Published Online: 
Nov 2013
eISBN: 
9780191779909
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.003.0006
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chapter
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9780199684434
Causes, we might say, make a difference to what happens. They are difference makers. ‘Counterfactual dependence: do causes make a difference?’ considers counterfactual dependence as a test ... More
3. Thinking hypothetically

3. Thinking hypothetically  

Jonathan St B. T. Evans

in Thinking and Reasoning: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2017
Published Online: 
Sep 2017
eISBN: 
9780191829321
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198787259.003.0003
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chapter
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9780198787259
A remarkable feature of human intelligence is our ability to think hypothetically. We can imagine how things might be in the future and how they might have turned out differently in the ... More
Causation: A Very Short Introduction

Causation: A Very Short Introduction  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2013
Published Online: 
Nov 2013
eISBN: 
9780191779909
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199684434
Causation is the most fundamental connection in the universe. Without it, there would be no science or technology. There would be no moral responsibility either, as none of our thoughts ... More

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