Casting a Shadow on Lewis's Theory of Causation

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Sayan E.

ORGANON F, cilt.26, ss.287-297, 2019 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 26 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Doi Numarası: 10.31577/orgf.2019.26206
  • Dergi Adı: ORGANON F
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.287-297


First I present a puzzle involving two opaque objects and a shadow cast on the ground. After I offer a solution to this puzzle by identifying which of the objects is causally responsible for the shadow, I argue that this case poses a counterexample to David Lewis's latest counterfactual account of causation, known as his influence theory. Along the way, I discuss preemption, overdetermination, absence causation, and trumping preemption.