Causes and explanations: A structural-model approach. Part I: Causes

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We propose a new definition of actual causes, using structural equations to model counterfactuals. We show that the definition yields a plausible and elegant account of causation that handles well examples which have caused problems for other definitions and resolves major difficulties in the traditional account.

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Joseph Y. Halpern
Cornell University

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Causation as Influence.David K. Lewis - 2000 - Journal of Philosophy 97 (4):182-197.

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