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Absence and abnormality
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6423-1324
2023 (English)In: Analysis, ISSN 0003-2638, E-ISSN 1467-8284, Vol. 83, no 1, p. 98-106Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Absences pose a dilemma for theories of causation. Allowing them to be causes seems to make theories too permissive (Lewis, 2000). Banning them from beingcauses seems to make theories too restrictive (Schaffer, 2000, 2004). An increasingly popular approach to this dilemma is to acknowledge that norms can affect which absences count as causes (e.g., Thomson, 2003; McGrath, 2005; Henneet al., 2017; Willemsen, 2018). In this article, I distinguish between two influential implementations of such ‘abnormality’ approaches and argue that so-called ‘double-prevention mechanisms’ provide counterexamples against both.

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Oxford University Press, 2023. Vol. 83, no 1, p. 98-106
Keywords [en]
Causation, Normativity, Absence, Omission, Norm, Counterfactual Dependence, Abnormality
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-200336DOI: 10.1093/analys/anac030ISI: 000877181400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85168724181OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-200336DiVA, id: diva2:1703953
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Causation, Correlation and Sensitivity, Swedish Research Council
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Swedish Research Council, 2019-06381Available from: 2022-10-16 Created: 2022-10-16 Last updated: 2023-09-06Bibliographically approved

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