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Single Idea 8437

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 9. General Causation / c. Counterfactual causation]

Full Idea

The refinement of a simple counterfactual analysis is to say that cause and effect depend on a series of events. This must be asserted because counterfactual conditionals are well known not to be transitive.

Gist of Idea

The full counterfactual story asserts a series of events, because counterfactuals are not transitive


Jonathan Bennett (Event Causation: counterfactual analysis [1987])

Book Reference

'Causation', ed/tr. Sosa,E. /Tooley,M. [OUP 1993], p.218

A Reaction

This fills out the theory, but offers another target for critics. If the glue that binds the series is not in the counterfactuals, is it just in the mind of the speaker? How do you decide what's in the series? Cf. deciding offside in football (soccer!).