Causation sans Time
Miller (Kristie)
Source: American Philosophical Quarterly 52 (1), 2015:27-40
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  1. Is time necessary for causation1? We argue that, given a counterfactual theory of causation2, it is not.
  2. We defend this claim by considering cases of counterfactual dependence in quantum mechanics3. These cases involve laws of nature that govern entanglement. These laws make possible the evaluation of causal counterfactuals between space-like separated entangled particles.
  3. There is, for the proponent of a counterfactual theory of causation4, a possible world in which causation5 but not time exists that can be reached by ‘stripping out‘ time from the actual world, leaving (some) quantum mechanical laws intact.

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