Degrees of Causation

Matthew Braham, Martin van Hees*

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The primary aim of this paper is to analyze the concept of degrees of causal contribution for actual events and examine the way in which it can be formally defined. This should go some way to filling out a gap in the legal and philosophical literature on causation. By adopting the conception of a cause as a necessary element of a sufficient set (the so-called NESS test) we show that the concept of degrees of causation can be given clear and even empirical meaning. We then apply a game theoretical framework to derive a measure of causal contribution. Our favoured measure turns out to be a generalised version of the normalized Penrose-Banzhaf index of voting power.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)323-344
Aantal pagina's22
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - nov.-2009


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