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Causation and Temporal Relations

Michael Tooley

in Time, Tense, and Causation

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250746
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250746.003.0010
 Causation and Temporal Relations

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Provides an analysis of temporal relations in causal terms. Qualitative temporal relations, that is, the relations of simultaneity and temporal priority, are analysed in terms of actual causal relations and spatial relations. A reduction of quantitative temporal relations, such as the relation of temporal distance, in causal terms is feasible as well, but, the chapter argues, a realist view should be preferred. The causal theory of time put forward is defended against charges of circularity and against putative counterexamples.

Keywords: causation; simultaneity; temporal distance; temporal priority; temporal relations

Chapter.  18135 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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