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The Cement of the Universe : A Study of Causation - J. L. Mackie

The Cement of the Universe

A Study of Causation

Paperback Published: 18th September 1980
ISBN: 9780198246428
Number Of Pages: 340

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Studies causation both as a concept and as it is 'in the objects.' Offers new accounts of the logic of singular causal statements, the form of causal regularities, the detection of causal relationships, the asymmetry of cause and effect, and necessary connection, and it relates causation to functional and statistical laws and to teleology.

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`It is a singularly impressive and powerful essay and one that will provide a basis for comment and controversy about causation and allied problems for a long time to come.' D. J. O`Connor, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Prefacep. vii
Preface to the Paperback Editionp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Hume's Account of Causationp. 3
The Concept of Causation-- Conditional Analysesp. 29
Causal Regularities1p. 59
Kant and Transcendentalismp. 88
Common Sense and the Lawp. 117
Functional Laws and Concomitant Variationp. 143
The Direction of Causation1p. 160
The Necessity of Causesp. 193
Statistical Lawsp. 231
Extensionality--Two Kinds of Causep. 248
Teleologyp. 270
Appendix Eliminative Methods of Induction (Mill's Methods of Induction)p. 297
Additional Notesp. 322
Bibliographyp. 323
Additional Bibliographyp. 326
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780198246428
ISBN-10: 0198246420
Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 18th September 1980
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.39