Causalism Without Causation

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Moore’s Mechanical Choices is ripe with interesting ideas. Here I’ll focus on a particularly intriguing one that intersects with some aspects of my own work. It’s the suggestion that causalism should be amended in a way that doesn’t require causation. At first, this suggestion may sound absurd: How can causalism survive without causation, of all things? But I think that Moore is actually right about the main suggestion. I don’t think he’s right for the right reasons, but he’s still right about the main idea. So, the aim of this paper is to explain how causalism can survive without causation, and how it may not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-199
Number of pages15
JournalCriminal Law and Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • Agency
  • Causalism
  • Causation
  • Michael Moore
  • Moral responsibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Law


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