Cause and Counterfactual

  title={Cause and Counterfactual},
  author={Herbert A. Simon and Nicholas Rescher},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={323 - 340}
It is shown how a causal ordering can be defined in a complete structure, and how it is equivalent to identifying the mechanisms of a system. Several techniques are shown that may be useful in actually accomplishing such identification. Finally, it is shown how this explication of causal ordering can be used to analyse causal counterfactual conditionals. First the counterfactual proposition at issue is articulated through the device of a belief-contravening supposition. Then the causal ordering… 

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