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Actual Causality

Joseph Y. Halpern


Causality plays a central role in the way people structure the world; we constantly seek causal explanations for our observations. But what does it even mean that an event C “actually caused” event E? The problem of defining actual causation goes beyond mere philosophical speculation. For example, in many legal arguments, it is precisely what needs to be established in order to determine responsibility. The philosophy literature has been struggling with the problem of defining causality since Hume. In this book, Joseph Halpern explores actual causality, and such related notions as degree of r ... More

Keywords: causality, responsibility, blame, counterfactuals, explanation, structural equations, graded causation, normality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035026
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035026.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Y. Halpern, author
Cornell University