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Explanatory Realism, Causal Realism, and Explanatory Exclusion

Jaegwon Kim

in Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199585878
eISBN:
9780191595349
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585878.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

“Explanatory Realism, Causal Realism, and Explanatory Exclusion” explores issues arising from taking a realist, or an irrealist, attitude toward explanation and causation. Explanatory realism is the ... More


Interventions, Agency, and Counterfactuals

James Woodward

in Making Things Happen: A Theory of Causal Explanation

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195155273
eISBN:
9780199835089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195155270.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter clarifies the notion of an intervention and compares my version of this notion to the characterizations provided by other writers such as Glymour and Pearl. Very roughly, an intervention ... More


Causal mechanisms in the social realm

Daniel Little

in Causality in the Sciences

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199574131
eISBN:
9780191728921
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574131.003.0013
Subject:
Mathematics, Logic / Computer Science / Mathematical Philosophy

The chapter considers the specific characteristics of causal relations among social structures, processes, and activities. Against the Humean idea that causal relations are defined by facts about ... More


Speculative Realism: An Interim Report

Christopher Norris

in Philosophy Outside-In: A Critique of Academic Reason

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780748684557
eISBN:
9780748695188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684557.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter offers a critical review of the Speculative Realist movement that emerged in the wake of Quentin Meillassoux’s book After Finitude. It is a movement remarkable for what must strike most ... More


Minding the Matter of Necessity: A Paradox Regarding Causation

Paul Russell

in Freedom and Moral Sentiment: Hume's Way of Naturalizing Responsibility

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195152906
eISBN:
9780199869343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195152905.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Hume's views on the subject of free will rest on his specific interpretation of the nature of causation and necessity. In this chapter, I provide an interpretation of Hume's “two definitions” of ... More


The Causal Principle

OP Gaven Kerr

in Aquinas's Way to God: The Proof in De Ente et Essentia

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780190224806
eISBN:
9780190224820
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190224806.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter delves thoroughly into the proof of God proper in the De Ente. It thus opens with an analysis of Aquinas’s causal principle, with which he begins his argument, to the effect that for any ... More


The meaning of ‘cause’

Galen Strawson

in The Secret Connexion: Causation, Realism, and David Hume: Revised Edition

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199605842
eISBN:
9780191774447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605842.003.0023
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This final chapter undertakes a general survey of views about the meaning of the word ‘cause’. In addition to Hume’s view it considers Elizabeth Anscombe’s version of causal realism, and her view ... More


The untenability of the realist regularity theory of causation

Galen Strawson

in The Secret Connexion: Causation, Realism, and David Hume: Revised Edition

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199605842
eISBN:
9780191774447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605842.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

According to the realist regularity theory of causation, the regularity of the world’s behaviour is a complete and continuous fluke. To hold this view is like supposing that a true random number ... More


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