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Causing Human ActionsNew Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action$
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Jesús H. Aguilar and Andrei A. Buckareff

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014564

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014564.001.0001

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Causal and Deliberative Strength of Reasons for Action: The Case of Con-Reasons

Causal and Deliberative Strength of Reasons for Action: The Case of Con-Reasons

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Causing Human Actions

Ruben David-Hillel

The MIT Press

This chapter begins by making a distinction between causation and causal explanation; the concept of causalism utilized here refers to the former, which states that one of the causal conditions of an action is an agent’s possession of a reason for that action. Of course, it is also possible for an agent to have a reason for an action without its being a cause of that action. However, in the case in which the agent performs the action because of that reason, causalism states that the reason causes the action. In the case of causal explanations, it is possible for true causal statements to exist even if the cause is not explanatory of its effect because of the description of the cause in that statement. In fact, there might even be causes such that, under no description of the cause, does the cause explain its effect. For the purposes of the discussion here, these possibilities are disregarded.

Keywords:   causation, causal explanation, causalism, causal conditions, true causal statements

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