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The Nature of Shadows, from Yale to Bilkent

  • István Aranyosi (a1)

I discuss a solution to the Yale shadow puzzle, due to Roy Sorensen, based on the actual process theory of causation, and argue that it does not work in the case of a new version of the puzzle, which I call ‘the Bilkent shadow puzzle’. I offer a picture of the ontology of shadows which, together with an alternative view of causation, constitutes the basis for a new solution that uniformly solves both puzzles.

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Bas Van Fraassen in Laws and Symmetry (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989, 217–9)

D. Lewis , ‘Causation’, Journal of Philosophy 70 (1973), 556–67

I. Aranyosi , ‘Shadows of constitution’, Monist 90 (2007), 415431

I. Aranyosi , ‘The reappearing act’, Acta Analytica 24 (2009), 110

David Lewis , ‘Causation as influence’, Journal of Philosophy 97 (2000), 182–97

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