Backward Causation

[Revised entry by Jan Faye on November 18, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Sometimes also called retro-causation. A common feature of our world seems to be that in all cases of
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[Revised entry by Jan Faye on November 18, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Sometimes also called retro-causation. A common feature of our world seems to be that in all cases of causation, the cause and the effect are placed in time so that the cause precedes its effect temporally. Our normal understanding of causation assumes this feature to such a degree that we intuitively have great difficulty imagining things differently. The notion of backward causation, however, stands for the idea that the temporal order of cause and effect is a mere contingent feature and that there may be cases where the cause is causally prior to its effect but where the temporal order of the cause and effect is...

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