Causation in a timeless world

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Baron, Sam and Miller, Kristie. (2014) Causation in a timeless world. Synthese. 191(12), pp. 2867 - 2886. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-014-0427-0
AuthorsBaron, Sam and Miller, Kristie
Abstract

This paper offers a new way to evaluate counterfactual conditionals on the supposition that actually, there is no time. We then parlay this method of evaluation into a way of evaluating causal claims. Our primary aim is to preserve, at a minimum, the assertibility of certain counterfactual and causal claims once time has been excised from reality. This is an important first step in a more general reconstruction project that has two important components. First, recovering our ordinary language claims involving notions such as persistence, change and agency and, second, recovering enough observational evidence so that any timeless metaphysics is not empirically self-refuting. However, the project of investigating causation in a timeless setting has a greater relevance than its application to timeless physical theory alone. For, as we show, it can be used to model the assertibility conditions of causal claims more generally.

Keywordsbarbour; timelessness; causation; quasi-causation; counterfactuals; time
Year2014
JournalSynthese
Journal citation191 (12), pp. 2867 - 2886
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
ISSN0039-7857
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-014-0427-0
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84903898872
Page range2867 - 2886
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
Place of publicationNetherlands
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