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One philosophical method of causation sees counterfactual dependence because the key to the reason of causal evidence: for instance, occasions c (the reason) and e (the impression) either happen, yet had c no longer happened, e don't have happened both. The counterfactual research of causation turned a spotlight of philosophical debate after the 1973 book of the overdue David Lewis's groundbreaking paper, "Causation," which argues opposed to the formerly accredited "regularity" research and in want of what he referred to as the "promising substitute" of the counterfactual research. Thirty years after Lewis's paper, this booklet brings jointly probably the most very important fresh paintings connecting--or, at times, disputing the relationship between--counterfactuals and causation, together with the entire model of Lewis's Whitehead lectures, "Causation as Influence," an enormous transforming of his unique paper. additionally incorporated is a more moderen essay via Lewis, "Void and Object," on causation by means of omission. numerous of the essays first seemed in a unique factor of the magazine of Philosophy, yet so much, together with the unabridged model of "Causation as Influence," are released for the 1st time or in up-to-date forms.Other issues thought of contain the "trumping" of 1 occasion over one other in identifying causation; de facto dependence; demanding situations to the transitivity of causation; the prospect that entities except occasions are the elemental causal relata; the excellence among dependence and construction in bills of causation; the excellence among causation and causal rationalization; the context-dependence of causation; probabilistic analyses of causation; and a singularist concept of causation.

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