The properties of singular causationThe properties of singular causation
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
2009Chicago, Ill., 2009
The monist : an international quarterly journal of general philosophical inquiry. - Chicago, Ill.
92(2009):1, p. 112-132
Theories of singular causation have a genuine problem with properties. In virtue of what property do events (or facts) cause other events? One possible answer to this question, Davidson's, is | that causal relations hold between particulars and properties play no role in the way a particular causes another. According to another, recently fashionable answer, in contrast, events cause other events in virtue of having a trope (as opposed to a property- j type). Both views face serious objections. My aim in this paper is to combine these two very different solutions to the problem of i the properties of singular causation and to argue that this combined view can avoid objections against both of them.