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Cause for thought : an essay in metaphysics

Author: John W Burbidge
Publisher: Montreal ; Kingston : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Does the fact that everything has a cause imply that all events are causally determined? Drawing on discussions from the history of philosophy, John Burbidge's Cause for Thought captures the diverse dynamics found in physics, chemistry, biology, animal psychology, and rational action. At each level, forms of activity emerge that cannot be reduced to the functioning of simpler, more elementary components."--Back  Read more...
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Burbidge, John W., 1936-
Cause for thought.
Montreal ; Kingston : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014
(OCoLC)870269317
Burbidge, John, 1936-
Cause for thought.
(CaOONL)20149007345
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John W Burbidge
ISBN: 9780773543539 0773543538 9780773543546 0773543546
OCLC Number: 864505106
Description: 130 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction to metaphysics --
The ontology of cause --
The cosmology of complex cause --
The psychology of conscious and rational agents --
The theology of comprehensive agency.
Responsibility: John W. Burbidge.

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