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Perception, causal understanding, and locality

By Christoph Hoerl

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Contemporary philosophical debates about causation are dominated by two approaches, which are often referred to as difference-making and causal process approaches to causation, respectively. I provide a characterization of the dialectic between these two approaches, on which that dialectic turns crucially on the question as to whether our common sense concept of causation involves a commitment to locality – i.e., to the claim that causal relations are always subject to spatial constraints. I then argue that we can extract from existing work on perceptual judgement (specifically work that invokes the notion of a simple theory of perception) materials for an argument in favour of a positive answer to that question, and that this work can also help to bring out a distinctive kind of role that a commitment to locality plays in our reasoning about causal relationships

Topics: B1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692040.003.0013
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:41023
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