Causality - A Science Fiction Story
Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Strafrecht 107 (1990), Translation 2016
9 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2016
Date Written: April 12, 2016
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
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