- The Oxford Handbook of Causation
- List of Contributors
- The Ancient Greeks
- The Medievals
- The Early Moderns
- The Logical Empiricists
- Regularity Theories
- Counterfactual Theories
- Probabilistic Theories
- Causal Process Theories
- Agency and Interventionist Theories
- Causal Powers and Capacities
- Causal Modelling
- Causal Pluralism
- Platitudes and Counterexamples
- Causes, Laws, and Ontology
- Causal Relata
- The Time‐Asymmetry of Causation
- The Psychology of Causal Perception and Reasoning
- Causation and Observation
- Causation and Statistical Inference
- Mental Causation
- Causation, Action, and Free Will
- Causation and Ethics
- Causal Theories of Knowledge and Perception
- Causation and Semantic Content
- Causation and Explanation
- Causation and Reduction
- Causation in Classical Mechanics
- Causation in Statistical Mechanics
- Causation in Quantum Mechanics
- Causation in Spacetime Theories
- Causation in Biology
- Causation in the Social Sciences
- Causation in the Law
Abstract and Keywords
One of the most striking features of causation is that causes typically precede their effects — the causal arrow seems strongly aligned with the temporal arrow, as it were. Why should this be so? This is the puzzle of the time-asymmetry of causation. This article offers an opinionated guide to this problem, and to the solutions currently on offer.
Huw Price is ARC Federation Fellow, Challis Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Centre for Time at the University of Sydney. His publications include Facts and the Function of Truth (Blackwell, 1988), Time's Arrow and Archimedes' Point (OUP, 1996), and Naturalism Without Mirrors (OUP, 2010), a recent collection of his essays on pragmatism and naturalism. He is also co‐editor (with Richard Corry) of Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality: Russell's Republic Revisited (OUP, 2007).
Brad Weslake is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rochester.
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