Causality Essays

  • Causality in African Traditional Thought

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    causation and finding the truth. This theory is based upon logical deduction and that leads consequently to the inference that only causal explanation for events are empiricist in nature (Coetzee & Roux, 2002:162). Traditional African perspectives on causality however, employ a more holistic approach in their interpretation of life’s events, and acknowledge the influence of the role of the spiritual in their interpretation and explanation of life’s events. There is thus this belief that everything in the

  • Causality, Hume, and Quantum Mechanics

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    Causality, Hume, and Quantum Mechanics It is my intention, in the course of this essay, to take the work of David Hume and reapply it to causality using quantum mechanical theory. When I refer to causality, I am referring to the belief that events have a relationship of action "A" causing action "B" where "A" is considered to be the final cause of "B." I also refer to the belief that we can know and understand these causal relationships and thusly know how the system works. This is a concept

  • Critique of Hume's Analysis of Causality

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    Critique of Hume's Analysis of Causality Hume's analyses of human apprehension and of causality were the most penetrating up to his time and continue to have great influence. Contemporary Spanish philosopher Xavier Zubiri (1893-1983) has examined both and identified three underlying errors: (1) the failure to recognize that there are three stages of human intellection, and especially that the first, primordial apprehension, has quite unique characteristics; (2) the attempt to place an excessive

  • The Ultimate of Reality: Reversible Causality

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    The Ultimate of Reality: Reversible Causality Metaphysics is the search for an ultimate principle by which all real things and relations are ordered. It formulates fundamental statements about existence and change. A reversible (absolute) causality is thought to be the ultimate of reality. It is argued that a real (causal) process relating changes of any nature (physical, mental) and any sort (quantitative, qualitative, and substantial) reverses the order of its agency (action, influence, operation

  • David Hume's Theory of Causality

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    are believed. Hume’s progression, starting with his initial definition of cause, to his final conclusion in his doctrine on causality. As a result, it proves how Hume’s argument on causality follows the same path as his epistemology, with the two ideas complimenting each other so that it is rationally impossible to accept the epistemology and not accept his argument on causality. Hume starts by explaining definitions of causes and characteristics that make up the popular definition of cause. Contiguity

  • Complex Causality: Climate Change

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    provide the fullest and most accurate analysis of complex events, however this can create a trade off with the complexity and time taken to reach a conclusion. Firstly, this advantage will be argued through implying complex events have complex causality that can only truly be seen through a multidisciplinary perspective. Secondly, it can be seen that all social sciences lie on a spectrum with lots of overlap and interdependence between disciplines, and therefore it is an intrinsic feature of the

  • Kant Answer Hume On Causality

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    Samantha Budow PH 310, Final Q4 May 7, 2014 How did Kant answer Hume on causality? To understand Kant’s account on causality, it is important to first understand that this account came into being as a response to Hume’s skepticism, and therefore important to also understand Hume’s account. While Hume thinks that causation comes from repeated experiences of events happening together or following one another, Kant believes that causation is just a function of our minds’ organization of experiences

  • Similarities And Differences Between Hard And Soft Indeterminism

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    emerging studies show that addiction may be beyond the control of an addict; instead, due to outside forces or even chance. These contrasting views demonstrate the difference of opinion on the existence of causality and the role of free will in human decisions and actions. The idea of causality forms the basic principle of determinism, which states every event is caused and then acts in accordance with the physical laws of nature. There is variation within the framework with which determinism is argued

  • Simone De Beauvoir's The Illusion Of Free Will

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    Freedom and Causality The idea of freedom is one that is crucial to the world as we know it today. The burning question of whether we are really free to become whatever we desire or subjected to a cause which determines our future is popularly debated upon. The German philosopher, Paul Rée, in his works, “The Illusion of Free Will”, states that every act of will is preceded by sufficient cause. This cause, be it genetics or worldly experiences, determines one’s actions, and free will is therefore

  • causation and kant

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    these concepts is causation, which he introduces as the principle of temporal sequence according to the law of causality. In this paper I will argue that the law of causality is divided to general and empirical law of causality. General law of causality earn its necessity from the fact that, even observing temporal sequences, require the concept of causation, yet, particular laws of causality cannot be necessary in this way. Accordingly, science should answer how it can have necessary judgments such

  • David Hume´s Philosophy

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    Hume’s Epistemology David Hume was a Scottish philosopher known for his ideas of skepticism and empiricism. Hume strived to better develop John Locke’s idea of empiricism by using a scientific study of our own human nature. We cannot lean on common sense to exemplify human conduct without offering any clarification to the subject. In other words, Hume says that since human beings do, as a matter of fact, live and function in this world, observation of how humans do so is imminent. The primary goal

  • The Nature Of Aristotle: The Final Cause Of Nature

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    final cause, the purpose of a thing, being the considered the chief cause. With this principle in mind, Aristotle ponders what the final causes are for both man and for the state in the Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle applies the doctrine of final causality to his teachings by claiming that the final cause for man is happiness, attainable through virtue, and the telos of the state is to produce and foster virtuous citizens. In Physics, Book II, Aristotle claims that there are four causes that are

  • Correlation and Causation

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    goers and obesity, and having kids and being unhealthy. Discussion In the world of news reporting correlation often times gets reported as causation. This is not the case, since correlation inherently by definition requires further testing to show causality. These articles all refer to a different variable that shows correlation with weight gain or loss. It is our job to question all statistical statements made by our news. The articles we will study are "The Link Between Sleep and Weight", "Why Going

  • Susser's Three Characteristics to Argue that the Outcome and Exposure can only be Inferred from Epidemiological Studies

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    flux, any previously accepted theory can always be overturned by new evidence.1, 2 Many epidemiologists accept Popper’s thesis that causality can never be truly proven; although, once enough reliable evidence has been accumulated, a causal relationship can be inferred.2 The question of what constitutes a cause is a matter of ongoing inquiry among epidemiologists. Causality is extremely complex and has been described with a number of metaphors, images and guidelines, and has been summarized simply by

  • Al Ghazali's Theory Of Divine Knowledge

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    1. al-Ghazali and Averroës’ conceptions of divine knowledge differ in significant ways. So much so that Averroës considered it appropriate to compose a document naming al-Ghazali’s thoughts as incoherent. Their concepts of causality led each to hold differing views of God. For al-Ghazali, God is the first cause from which all creation necessitates according to His will. al-Ghazali asserts that God created the world out of nothing, creatio ex nihilo, and that God is the agent of true action. He argues

  • David Hume's Theory of Knowledge

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    Empiricism (en- peiran; to try something for yourself): The doctrine that all knowledge must come through the senses; there are no innate ideas born within us that only require to be remembered (ie, Plato). All knowledge is reducible to sensation, that is, our concepts are only sense images. In short, there is no knowledge other than that obtained by sense observation. Remember that according to Descartes, what I know first and foremost are my ideas. It is only later that he seeks to know if the

  • The Paradox Of Free Will

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    or immoral; ethical or otherwise. However, regarding such a free will, I would argue that you can never be 100% sure that any choice or decision that you make wasn’t due to the universal laws, principles and relations part and parcel of physical causality that started operating from Day One (the Big Bang event) and thus forever and ever predetermined. You might be 99.999% sure you have free will, and that it was God given, but I can’t figure out any way you could absolutely prove it to any outsider

  • Hume Vs Kant

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    it resemble the past. Kant used understanding, the second faculty of the mind to explain causality. “As the understanding stands in need of categories for experience, reason contains in itself the source of ideas.”(76) The function of understanding is thinking, and thinking must use concepts to be an objective thought. The presence of this objective thought verifies its actuality. Therefore, causality, for Kant, was the way in which mind puts together experiences to understand them. Kant found

  • David Hume On Billiard Ball

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    inductive reasoning, and therefore causality, cannot ultimately be justified rationally, and

  • Difference Between Milk And Coffee Experiment

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    two cups (one with the milk added first and one with the milk added second)? Explain your answer. I believe it is important to offer more than one cup of coffee because a larger data set will increase the likelihood of the results being caused by causality and not just luck. This means the result of the experiment would have a clear cause. If there are only two cups of coffee it will be very easy to simply guess which cup is which. Furthermore, the odds are