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Title: Causal asymmetry and the explanatory constraint
Author: Tang, Zhiheng
ISNI:       0000 0003 7013 0954
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2011
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Causation is an asymmetric relation-if C causes E, then E does not cause C. In this thesis I will argue that 1) two major theories of causation, i.e. the regularity theory and the counterfactual theory, cannot adequately account for causal asymmetry; 2) causal asymmetry consists in the explanatory asymmetry between cause and effect; and 3) generally, the notion of causation is dependent on the notion of explanation, or, in other words, explanation sets a conceptual constraint on causation. In reaching these conclusions, issues about simultaneous causation, backwards causation and absence causation will also be discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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