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Causation and Common Sense

H. L. A. Hart

in Causation in the Law

Second edition

Published in print May 1985 | ISBN: 9780198254744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681523 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198254744.003.0003
Causation and Common Sense

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This chapter describes certain salient features of the central notion of causation and shows how analogies with these characterize the common-sense identification of causes in a wider field and the way in which the contrast between the cause and mere circumstances or conditions is drawn there. It then examines the cases where the language of ‘cause’ and ‘consequence’ is also used to refer to the interpersonal transactions mentioned in the previous chapter and to certain other relationships even more distantly related to the central notion of` ‘cause and effect’.

Keywords: causation; common sense; cause and effect; consequence

Chapter.  17672 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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