, Volume 112, Issue 2, pp 137–192

Causation in Branching Time (I): Transitions, Events and Causes


DOI: 10.1023/A:1004948726086

Cite this article as:
Xu, M. Synthese (1997) 112: 137. doi:10.1023/A:1004948726086


We propose a theory of events and causes against the background of branching time. Notions discussed include possibility based on reality, transitions, events, determinacy, contingency, causes and effects. The main idea in defining causal relations is to introduce a certain preconditioning circumstance under which one event follows another. We also briefly compare this theory with some other theories.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming Xu
    • 1
  1. 1.Cycorp, IncAustinU.S.A.