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Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy
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Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy

Walter Ott

Abstract

Some philosophers think physical explanations stand on their own: what happens, happens because things have the properties they do. Others think that any such explanation is incomplete: what happens in the physical world must be partly due to the laws of nature. This book follows the debate between these views from Descartes to Hume. The book argues that the competing models of causation in the period grow out of the scholastic notion of power. On this Aristotelian view, the connection between cause and effect is logically necessary. Causes are “intrinsically directed” at what they produce. Bu ... More

Keywords: causation, laws of nature, necessity, relations, causal power, mechanism, intentionality, concurrentism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199570430
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570430.001.0001

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Walter Ott, author
Virginia Tech
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