Causally Productive Activities

Publication Year:
2006
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2182
Author(s):
Bogen, Jim
preprint description
This paper suggests and discusses an answer to the question what distinguishes causal from non-causal or coincidental co-occurrences based on Elizabeth Anscombe’s idea that causality is a highly abstract concept whose meaning derives from our understanding of specific causally productive activities (e.g., pulling, scraping, burning), and her rejection of the assumption that causality can be informatively understood in terms of general regularities of some sort.