Causal Regularities <sup>1</sup>

J. L. Mackie

in The Cement of the Universe

Published in print September 1980 | ISBN: 9780198246428
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597954 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

 Causal Regularities  1

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This chapter offers a consideration of the regularity theory of causation. Mackie argues for the claim that regularity can account only for part of our account of causal statements. Also discussed is Mill's treatment of causation, and in particular his contribution in raising certain complications associated with Hume's account. Mackie suggests a revised version of Mill's Method of Difference, with which he argues that we can establish generalizations of singular causal statements. He concludes that an account of causal regularities still has an important contributory role in giving an account of causation ‘in the objects’.

Keywords: causation; method of difference; Mill; regularity

Chapter.  11801 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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