Synthese

, Volume 131, Issue 1, pp 129–143 | Cite as

Cause, Effect, And Fake Causation

  • Johannes Persson
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Abstract

The possibility of apparently negative causation has been discussed in a number of recent works on causation, but the discussion has suffered from beingscattered. In this paper, the problem of apparently negative causation and its attemptedsolutions are examined in more detail. I discuss and discard three attempts that have beensuggested in the literature. My conclusion is negative: Negative causation shows that thetraditional cause & effect view is inadequate. A more unified causal perspective is needed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johannes Persson
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyLund UniversitySweden

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