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Probabilistic Causation, Cartwright and Interactive Forks

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Benjamin Lange

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About Benjamin
BSc Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method student at (2012-2015). His main areas of interest are Normative and Practical Ethics, Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Science. He hopes to develop these areas more by pursuing a Masters degree in the future.
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Abstract

Germund Hesslow famously challenges probabilistic theory of causation by providing an example of a probability-lowering cause. Nancy Cartwright meets this challenge with her own probabilistic causal theory. In this essay I show how she can answer Hesslow’s criticism, but then point to a related issue of her own theory. I argue that her theory cannot always distinguish between a cause for an event and an indication that an event occurred.

How to Cite: Lange, B., 2014. Probabilistic Causation, Cartwright and Interactive Forks. Rerum Causae, 6(2), pp.117–122.
Published on 01 Jul 2014.
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