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Causes as events and facts

Abstract : The paper defends the view that events are the basic relata of causation, against arguments based on linguistic analysis to the effect that only facts can play that role. According to those arguments, causal contexts let the meaning of the expressions embedded in them shift: even expressions possessing the linguistic form that usually designates an event take a factual meaning. However, defending events as fundamental relata of causation turns out to be possible only by attributing a - different - causal role to facts as well. The role of facts in causation is characterized as "causal responsibility". This relation, and its connection to causation between events, is clarified by way of the analysis of different inference patterns between causal statements of the two sorts: statements linking events and statements linking facts.
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Max Kistler. Causes as events and facts. Dialectica, Wiley, 1999, 53, pp.25-46. ⟨ijn_00000188⟩



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