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Causation and Necessity

Bede Rundle

in Why there is Something rather than Nothing

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270507
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601392 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270503.003.0003
Causation and Necessity

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The concept of causation has a key role in both theological and cosmological speculations. An analysis of the concept which runs counter to the Humean tradition is developed, an analysis which aims to assign necessity, regularity, and connection their appropriate roles in accounts of causation, induction, and laws of Nature. Backwards causation is also discussed.

Keywords: causation; connection; induction; laws of Nature; necessity; regularity

Chapter.  14322 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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