Irreversible (One-hit) and Reversible (Sustaining) Causation

Philosophy of Science 89 (5):889-898 (2022)
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This paper explores a distinction among causal relationships that has yet to receive attention in the philosophical literature, namely, whether causal relationships are reversible or irreversible. We provide an analysis of this distinction and show how it has important implications for causal inference and modeling. This work also clarifies how various familiar puzzles involving preemption and over-determination play out differently depending on whether the causation involved is reversible.



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Lauren N. Ross
University of California, Irvine
James Woodward
University of Pittsburgh

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