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    Causation

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    not allow pride and other emotions to interfere. In order to understand a historical concept as intricate as, for example, multiple causation, a special, scholarly reasoning must be applied. Rather than trying to discover what one wishes to unearth, it is best to study documents with a “spirit of humility.” That being said, it cannot be disputed that multiple causation was indeed responsible for the Protestant Reformation. Using the elementary line of thought, which dictates that a single event caused

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    Agent Causation and Dualism

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    Agent Causation & Dualism The discussion of free will and its compatibility with determinism comes down to one’s conception of actions. Most philosophers and physicists would agree that events have specific causes, especially events in nature. The question becomes more controversial when philosophers discuss the interaction between human beings, or agents, and the world. If one holds the belief that all actions and events are caused by prior events, it would seem as though he would be accepting

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    Causation and Moral Responsibility for Death

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    Causation and Moral Responsibility for Death ABSTRACT: The distinction between killing and letting die has been a controversial element in arguments about the morality of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. The killing/letting die distinction is based on causation of death. However, a number of causal factors come into play in any death; it is impossible to state a complete cause of death. I argue that John Mackie’s analysis of causation in terms of ‘inus factors,’ insufficient but non-redundant

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    Exploring Historical Causation There is a large number of theories about what causes historical events to happen. And without doubt there are in fact many different kinds of causes. It seems to me that the danger lies in espousing any one particular type of cause to the exclusion of all others, for there can be few, if any, events of which it can truly be said that they had but one single cause. It will however be interesting to see whether we can find any common thread running through or underlying

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    the world result in scepticism? Explain Kant’s position on the problem. Through the process of this essay, I will attempt to explain the reasoning behind Hume’s theory of causation and scepticism. I will then describe the thought of Kant on the topic. The reason that Hume believes that human’s inability to understand causation must result in scepticism can be seen through the following claim. “Upon the whole, there appears not, throughout all nature, any one instance of connection which is conceivable

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    Analysis of Hume’s Critique of Causation

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    Analysis of Hume’s Critique of Causation Sometimes it is hard to be sure what conclusion to draw from a Humean analysis, and he is easy to misrepresent. This is partly because one argument he is engaged in may raise a number of related issues that he has dealt with elsewhere, and some of his points seem contradictory. My wish is to consider some of the possible readings of David Hume’s critique of causation, as it appears in Section VII of the Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, “On Necessary

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    Correlation and Causation

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    Correlation and Causation Correlation alone does not mean causation, though the news cannot resist to use correlation to mean more than it does. Today we analyze three articles for proper use of correlation and causation. The attempted correlation, and causation statements made were including sleep with weight change, church 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

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    Ancient Philosophy

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    Aristotle viewed the world around him, he observed that things are moving and changing in certain ways. Aristotle discovered that certain things cause other things, which in turn cause something else. Aristotle believed that an infinite chain of causation was not possible, thus, a prime mover of some kind must exist as the first cause of everything that changes or moves. The first evidence that Aristotle viewed was the world around him. He observed that everything is in motion, and that one motion

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    Proposal ABSTRACT: In this paper I examine the claim that mental causation — at least for cases involving the production of purposive behavior — is possible only if ‘mind/brain supervenience’ obtains, and suggest that in spite of all the bad press it has received in recent years, mind/brain supervenience is still the best way for a physicalist to solve the ‘exclusion problem’ that plagues many accounts of mental causation. In section 3, I introduce a form of mind/brain supervenience that depends

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    Mellor on the Chances of Effects

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    Mellor on the Chances of Effects* ABSTRACT: In the Facts of Causation (1995), D.H. Mellor includes, as a part of his theory of causation, an account of the chance that a cause gives its effect. He proposes that this chance can be analyzed as a certain kind of conditional, a closest world conditional with a chance consequent. I show that there are problems with Mellor’s account, but also attempt to show how these can be remedied. This analysis highlights important issues concerning the concept

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