Causality - A Science Fiction Story

Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Strafrecht 107 (1990), Translation 2016

9 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2016

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Ingeborg Puppe

University of Bonn - Department of Law

Date Written: April 12, 2016

Abstract

This text demonstrates that the conditio sine qua non-formula (but-for-rule) as a method to find out a single cause of an event is logically wrong. The logically correct method to isolate a single cause is to find out a sufficient condition for the result which is true and contains this fact as a necessary element. If you want to use a method of eliminating the single cause, you have to eliminate it not from the world (conditio sine qua non-formula), but from a true causal explanation of the event in order to see whether it becomes inconclusive without this fact.

Keywords: causality, causal explanation, pre-empted causes

Suggested Citation

Puppe, Ingeborg, Causality - A Science Fiction Story (April 12, 2016). Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Strafrecht 107 (1990), Translation 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2763631

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