Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Two kinds of partial causation

It’s interesting that there are at least two significantly different kinds of partial causation. In both of the following cases it seems reasonable to say that x partially causes y:

  1. x and z together cause y

  2. x causes z and z is a part of y.

I.e., the partiality can be on either side of the causal relation. And one might even combine the two, no?

My previous post was about partial causation where the partiality was on the side of the cause, not the side of the effect.

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