Metaphysical Causation

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Abstract

There is a systematic and suggestive analogy between grounding and causation. In my view, this analogy is no coincidence. Grounding and causation are alike because grounding is a type of causation: metaphysical causation. In this paper I defend the identification of grounding with metaphysical causation, drawing on the causation literature to explore systematic connections between grounding and metaphysical dependence counterfactuals, and I outline a non-reductive counterfactual theory of grounding along interventionist lines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-751
JournalNoûs
Volume52
Issue number4
Early online date13 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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