Causality and Time

W. Norris Clarke, SJ

in The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229284
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236671 | DOI:
Causality and Time

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This chapter discusses the relation between causality and temporal sequence. Does the relation of cause to effect involve a temporal priority of cause as cause over its effect? That case is widely assumed or argued by many contemporary philosophers, especially philosophers of science. Several examples are presented in order to answer this question including that from representatives of the empirical tradition, from the philosophers of science, and from two metaphysicians.

Keywords: causality; time; temporal sequence; cause–effect relationship; metaphysics

Chapter.  5100 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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