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Efficient Causation: A History

Tad M. Schmaltz

Abstract

This volume is a contribution to the Oxford Philosophical Concepts series, the main goal of which is to provide historical accounts of the development of central philosophical concepts. Among these concepts would seem to be that of efficient causation (or, today, simply causation). Causation is now commonly supposed to involve a succession that instantiates some lawlike regularity. This understanding of causality has a history that includes various interrelated conceptions of efficient causation that date from ancient Greek philosophy and that extend to contemporary discussions of causation in ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, concept, efficient causation, history, Hume, law, metaphysics, philosophy of science, regularity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199782185
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782185.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tad M. Schmaltz, editor
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor