Perception, causal understanding, and locality
Hoerl, Christoph (2011) Perception, causal understanding, and locality. In: Roessler, Johannes and Lerman, Hemdat and Eilan, Naomi, (eds.) Perception, Causation, and Objectivity. Consciousness and self-consciousness . Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 207-228. ISBN 9780199692040Full text not available from this repository.
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Contemporary philosophical debates about causation are dominated by two approaches, which are often referred to as difference-making and causal process approaches to causation, respectively. I provide a characterization of the dialectic between these two approaches, on which that dialectic turns crucially on the question as to whether our common sense concept of causation involves a commitment to locality – i.e., to the claim that causal relations are always subject to spatial constraints. I then argue that we can extract from existing work on perceptual judgement (specifically work that invokes the notion of a simple theory of perception) materials for an argument in favour of a positive answer to that question, and that this work can also help to bring out a distinctive kind of role that a commitment to locality plays in our reasoning about causal relationships.
|Item Type:||Book Item|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Philosophy|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Perception (Philosophy), Causation|
|Series Name:||Consciousness and self-consciousness|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Place of Publication:||Oxford|
|Book Title:||Perception, Causation, and Objectivity|
|Editor:||Roessler, Johannes and Lerman, Hemdat and Eilan, Naomi|
|Number of Pages:||372|
|Page Range:||pp. 207-228|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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