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Donald Davidson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198237570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019823757X.001.0001

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Laws and Cause

Laws and Cause

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(p.201) 14 Laws and Cause
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Truth, Language, and History
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Donald Davidson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019823757X.003.0014

Davidson believes that the argument for anomalous monism partly rests on the claim that every true singular causal statement relating two events is backed by a law that covers those events when those events are properly described. This essay seeks to clarify and defend this claim by discussing conceptual relations between event, law, and object. It argues that singular causal statements entail the existence of strict laws even at the quantum level, but these laws will not meet the standards of Hume, Kant or Einstein.

Keywords:   anomalous monism, event, law, cause, singular causal statement

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