The Resource Absences as causes : a defense of negative causation, by Michael D. Hartsock, (electronic resource)

Absences as causes : a defense of negative causation, by Michael D. Hartsock, (electronic resource)

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Absences as causes : a defense of negative causation
Title
Absences as causes
Title remainder
a defense of negative causation
Statement of responsibility
by Michael D. Hartsock
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Contributor
Thesis advisor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this dissertation, I confront the issue of negative causation, (i.e., causation by or of absences). I investigate the causal status of absences with regard to particular philosophical concerns and argue that absences are very often causes and effects. On my analysis, it turns out that absences - at least those absences thought to be causally efficacious - are not metaphysical absences. They are perfectly ordinary entities, thus candidates for causal relata. Generally, I argue that the notion of an "absence" has been ill-understood and that this has been aggravated by focusing on sentences of the canonical form, "the absence of x caused y." Such a focus engenders the view that absences are capable of being causally efficacious only if there exists some entity, absence of x. If such a view were correct, then the case for absences as causes is a non-starter; there are no such entities. Instead, I recast the argument for negative causation as a vindication of our intuitive judgments that statements of the canonical and related forms are very often true and express genuine causal relations
Cataloging source
MUU
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1979-
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Hartsock, Michael D.
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation year
2010.
Granting institution
University of Missouri--Columbia
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
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Ariew, André
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  • Causation
  • Analysis (Philosophy)
Target audience
specialized
Label
Absences as causes : a defense of negative causation, by Michael D. Hartsock, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Note
  • Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on May 25, 2010)
  • The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file
  • Dissertation advisor: André Ariew
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
653139433
Extent
1 online resource (v, 121 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)653139433
Label
Absences as causes : a defense of negative causation, by Michael D. Hartsock, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on May 25, 2010)
  • The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file
  • Dissertation advisor: André Ariew
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
653139433
Extent
1 online resource (v, 121 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)653139433

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