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Henry E. Kyburg

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780195062533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195062533.001.0001

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Causality

Causality

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(p.182) 11 Causality
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Science & Reason
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Jr. Henry E. Kyburg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195062533.003.0011

The distinction between cause and effect has been viewed as crucial to scientific thinking. David Hume dedicates many pages of his “Enquiry” to the argument of causality, and it appears to be of central vitality to our understanding of the world, despite the fact that he can find nothing to the notion. In Hume's prose, one senses both disappointment and heroic resignation. Some philosophers view causality—sometimes even universal causality—as a needed assumption or basic “presupposition” of science. It is sometimes argued that universal causation, or at least its probability, is required for the induction's justification.

Keywords:   cause, effect, causality, David Hume, universal causality

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