Absences, Possible Causation, and the Problem of Non-locality

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I argue that so-called 'absence causation' must be treated in terms of counterfactuals about causation such as 'had a occurred, a would have caused W. First, I argue that some theories of causation that accept absence causation are unattractive because they undermine the idea of possible causation. And second, I argue that accepting absence causation violates a principle commonly associated with relativity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-40
Number of pages18
JournalThe Monist
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


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