Metaphysical causation

Alastair Wilson

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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
Number of pages29
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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