Topic XVIII. Singular vs. General Causation
Context for this filter:
- B. CONCEPT ACQUISITION
- Causation as Dependence: If X hadn’t happened, Y would not have happened (counterfactual dependence, e.g. omission, double prevention [prevention of a prevention]).
- Cautionary Quotes: Mistakes, Misconceptions, & Misunderstandings
- Students have considerable difficulty distinguishing productive causation from dependent causation.
- C. CONCEPT APPLICATION
- Distinguish between cases of production and dependence.
- Identify different policy implications of production vs. dependence (e.g., for policy and legal decision-making).
- Discussion Questions
- Why do you think we make so much more of sins of commission than sins of omission? Is it rational (never/sometimes/always)?