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Causes and Coincidences : Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology - David Owens

Causes and Coincidences

Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

By: David Owens, Ernest Sosa (Editor), Jonathan Dancy (Editor), John Haldane (Editor), Gilbert Harman (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th August 1992
ISBN: 9780521416504
Number Of Pages: 204

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In an important departure from current theories of causation, David Owens proposes that coincidences have no causes, and that a cause is something that ensures that its effects are no coincidence. He elucidates the idea of a coincidence as an event that can be divided into constituent events, the nomological antecedents of which are independent of each other. He also suggests that causal facts can be analyzed in terms of non-causal facts, including relations of necessity. Thus, causation is defined in terms of coincidence, and coincidence without reference to causation. In a book that will be of particular interest to those concerned with the role of causation in the philosophy of mind, David Owens challenges ideas of Hume, Davidson and Lewis, and offers novel solutions to the problems still confronting theorists of causation.

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"...Owens' candor, his willingness to express philosophical puzzlement where puzzles exist for him, is especially refreshing. His book is a lively contribution to the growing literature on causation." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

Preface
Introduction
The inexplicability of a coincidence
Causes and laws
Events and non-causal explanations
Causal explanation
The direction of causal explanation
Levels of causation
Deviant causal chains
Causation in action
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521416504
ISBN-10: 0521416507
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 28th August 1992
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 16.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45

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