The Oxford Handbook of Causation

Paperback | January 11, 2012

EditorHelen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock, Peter Menzies

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Causation is a central topic in many areas of philosophy. In metaphysics, philosophers want to know what causation is, and how it is related to laws of nature, probability, action, and freedom of the will. In epistemology, philosophers investigate how causal claims can be inferred fromstatistical data, and how causation is related to perception, knowledge and explanation. In the philosophy of mind, philosophers want to know whether and how the mind can be said to have causal efficacy, and in ethics, whether there is a moral distinction between acts and omissions and whether themoral value of an act can be judged according to its consequences. And causation is a contested concept in other fields of enquiry, such as biology, physics, and the law. This book provides an in-depth and comprehensive overview of these and other topics, as well as the history of the causation debate from the ancient Greeks to the logical empiricists. The chapters provide surveys of contemporary debates, while often also advancing novel and controversial claims; andeach includes a comprehensive bibliography and suggestions for further reading. The book is thus the most comprehensive source of information about causation currently available, and will be invaluable for upper-level undergraduates through to professional philosophers.

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Causation is a central topic in many areas of philosophy. In metaphysics, philosophers want to know what causation is, and how it is related to laws of nature, probability, action, and freedom of the will. In epistemology, philosophers investigate how causal claims can be inferred fromstatistical data, and how causation is related to p...

Helen Beebee is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. Christopher Hitchcock is Professor of Philosophy at the California Institute of Technology. Peter Menzies is Professor of Philosophy at Macquarie University, Sydney.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:806 pagesPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock and Peter Menzies.: Introduction1. Sarah Broadie: The Ancient Greeks2. John Marenbon: The Medievals3. Kenneth Clatterbaugh: The Early Moderns4. Don Garrett: Hume5. Eric Watkins: Kant6. Michael Stoltzner: The Logical Empiricists7. Stathis Psillos: Regularity Theories8. L.A. Paul: Counterfactual Theories9. Jon Williamson: Probabilistic Theories10. Phil Dowe: Causal Process Theories11. James Woodward: Agency and Interventionist Theories12. Stephen Mumford: Causal Powers and Capacities13. John Carroll: Anti-Reductionism14. Christopher Hitchcock: Causal Modelling15. Stuart Glennan: Mechanisms16. Peter Godfrey-Smith: Causal Pluralism17. Peter Menzies: Platitudes and Counterexamples18. Michael Tooley: Causes, Laws and Ontology19. Douglas Ehring: Causal Relata20. Huw Price and Brad Weslake: The Time-Asymmetry of Causation21. David Danks: The Psychology of Causal Perception and Reasoning22. Helen Beebee: Causation and Observation23. Clark Glymour: Causation and Statistical Inference24. Cei Maslen, Terry Horgan and Helen Daly: Mental Causation25. Alfred Mele: Causation, Action, and Free Will26. Carolina Sartorio: Causation and Ethics27. Ram Neta: Causal Theories of Knowledge and Perception28. Frank Jackson: Causation and Semantic Content29. Peter Lipton: Causation and Explanation30. Paul Humphreys: Causation and Reduction31. Marc Lange: Causation in Classical Mechanics32. Lawrence Sklar: Causation in Statistical Mechanics33. Richard Healey: Causation in Quantum Mechanics34. Carl Hoefer: Causation in Spacetime Theories35. Samir Okasha: Causation in Biology36. Harold Kincaid: Causation in the Social Sciences37. Jane Stapleton: Causation in the Law