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Laws and Cause

Donald Davidson

in Truth, Language, and History

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780198237570
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602610 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019823757X.003.0014
Laws and Cause

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Davidson believes that the argument for anomalous monism partly rests on the claim that every true singular causal statement relating two events is backed by a law that covers those events when those events are properly described. This essay seeks to clarify and defend this claim by discussing conceptual relations between event, law, and object. It argues that singular causal statements entail the existence of strict laws even at the quantum level, but these laws will not meet the standards of Hume, Kant or Einstein.

Keywords: anomalous monism; event; law; cause; singular causal statement

Chapter.  7558 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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