Causation as Simultaneous and Continuous

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Abstract:

We propose that all actual causes are simultaneous with their direct effects, as illustrated by both everyday examples and the laws of physics. We contrast this view with the sequential conception of causation, according to which causes must occur prior to their effects. The key difference between the two views of causation lies in differing assumptions about the mathematical structure of time.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9213.00331

Affiliations: 1: University of Colorado, Boulder, USA 2: California Institute of Technology, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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