The Oxford Handbook of Causation

The Oxford Handbook of Causation

by Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchcock, Peter Menzies
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019927973X

ISBN-13: 9780199279739

Pub. Date: 01/18/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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 from statistical data, and how causation is related to perception, knowledge and

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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 from statistical 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 the moral 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; and each 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199279739
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/18/2010
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Pages:
806
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, Helen Beebee, (University of Birmingham), Christopher Hitchcock, (California Institute of Technology), and Peter Menzies, (Macquarie University, Sydney)
1. The Ancient Greeks, Sarah Broadie, (University of St Andrews)
2. The Medievals, John Marenbon, (Trinity College, Cambridge)
3. The Early Moderns, Kenneth Clatterbaugh, (University of Washington, Seattle)
4. Hume, Don Garrett, (New York University)
5. Kant, Eric Watkins, (University of California, San Diego)
6. The Logical Empiricists, Michael Stöltzner, (University of South Carolina at Columbia)
7. Regularity Theories, Stathis Psillos, (University of Athens)
8. Counterfactual Theories, L.A. Paul, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
9. Probabilistic Theories, Jon Williamson, (University of Kent)
10. Causal Process Theories, Phil Dowe, (University of Queensland)
11. Agency and Interventionist Theories, James Woodward, (California Institute of Technology)
12. Causal Powers and Capacities, Stephen Mumford, (University of Nottingham)
13. Anti-Reductionism, John Carroll, (North Carolina State University)
14. Causal Modelling, Christopher Hitchcock, (California Institute of Technology)
15. Mechanisms, Stuart Glennan, (Butler University, Indianapolis)
16. Causal Pluralism, Peter Godfrey-Smith, (Harvard University)
17. Platitudes and Counterexamples, Peter Menzies, (Macquarie University, Sydney)
18. Causes, Laws and Ontology, Michael Tooley, (University of Colorado at Boulder)
19. Causal Relata, Douglas Ehring, (Southern Methodist University, Dallas)
20. The Time-Asymmetry of Causation, Huw Price and Brad Weslake, (University of Rochester)
21. The Psychology of Causal Perception and Reasoning, David Danks, (Carnegie Mellon University and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition)
22. Causation and Observation, Helen Beebee, (University of Birmingham)
23. Causation and Statistical Inference, Clark Glymour, (Carnegie Mellon University and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition)
24. Mental Causation, Cei Maslen, (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand ), Terry Horgan, (University of Arizona), and Helen Daly, (University of Arizona)
25. Causation, Action, and Free Will, Alfred Mele, (Florida State University)
26. Causation and Ethics, Carolina Sartorio, (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
27. Causal Theories of Knowledge and Perception, Ram Neta, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
28. Causation and Semantic Content, Frank Jackson, (La Trobe University, and the Australian National University)
29. Causation and Explanation, Peter Lipton (1954-2007)
30. Causation and Reduction, Paul Humphreys, (University of Virginia)
31. Causation in Classical Mechanics, Marc Lange, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
32. Causation in Statistical Mechanics, Lawrence Sklar, (University of Michigan)
33. Causation in Quantum Mechanics, Richard Healey, (University of Arizona)
34. Causation in Spacetime Theories, Carl Hoefer, (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
35. Causation in Biology, Samir Okasha, (University of Bristol)
36. Causation in the Social Sciences, Harold Kincaid, (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
37. Causation in the Law, Jane Stapleton, (University of Texas, Australian National University, and University of Oxford )

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