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Efficient causation : the history of a concept

Author: Tad M Schmaltz
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Series: Oxford philosophical concepts.
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"This volume is a contribution to the Oxford Philosophical Concepts series, the main goal of which is to provide historical accounts of the development of central philosophical concepts. Among these concepts would seem to be that of efficient causation (or, today, simply causation). Causation is now commonly supposed to involve a succession that instantiates some law-like regularity. This understanding of causality  Read more...
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Efficient causation
(DLC) 2014002931
(OCoLC)881824034
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
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All Authors / Contributors: Tad M Schmaltz
ISBN: 9780199782222 0199782229
OCLC Number: 890709340
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Contents: ""Cover""; ""Efficient Causation: A History""; ""Copyright""; ""Contents""; ""List of Illustrations""; ""Contributors""; ""Series Editor�s Foreword""; ""Efficient Causation""; ""Introduction to Efficient Causation""; ""1. (Efficient) CAUSATION""; ""2. A HISTORY OF EFFICIENT CAUSATION""; ""3. REFLECTIONS""; ""PART I: Ancient And Medieval""; ""CHAPTER ONE: Aristotle and the Discovery of Efficient Causation""; ""1. MOVER AND MOVED""; ""2. THE SIMPLEST SORT OF EFFICIENT CAUSE""; ""3. RATIONAL POWERS""; ""4. NATURES (I): SOULS""; ""5. NATURES (II): NATURES OF THE SIMPLE BODIES"" ""6. CONCLUSION: THE MOTION OF THE CELESTIAL SPHERES""""Reflection: REPRESENTATIONS OF EFFICIENT CAUSATION IN THE ILIAD""; ""CHAPTER TWO: Efficient Causation in the Stoic Tradition""; ""1. PROLOGUE""; ""2. STOIC THEOLOGY AND PHYSICS""; ""3. THE NATURE AND ANALYSIS OF CAUSATION""; ""5. CAUSATION, FATE, AND DETERMINISM""; ""6. ACTION AND RESPONSIBILITY""; ""ABBREVIATIONS""; ""CHAPTER THREE: Efficient Causation in Late Antiquity and the Earlier Medieval Era""; ""1. EFFICIENT CAUSATION AND THE SOUL""; ""2. EFFICIENT CAUSATION IN NATURE"" ""CHAPTER FOUR: Efficient Causation: FROM IBN SĪNĀ TO OCKHAM""""1. DEFINITIONS AND DISTINCTIONS""; ""2. CAUSATION AND NECESSITATION""; ""3. FREE AGENTS""; ""4. AGENTS AND ENDS""; ""ABBREVIATIONS""; ""Reflection: EFFICIENT CAUSATION AND MUSICAL INSPIRATION""; ""PART II: Modern""; ""CHAPTER FIVE: Efficient Causation: FROM SU�REZ TO DESCARTES""; ""1. SU�REZ""; ""1.1. The Priority of Efficient Causes""; ""1.2. Kinds of Efficient Causation""; ""2. DESCARTES""; ""2.1. Causal Axioms""; ""2.2. Causation in Physics""; ""2.3. Cartesian Interactionism""; ""ABBREVIATIONS"" ""CHAPTER SIX: Efficient Causation in Spinoza and Leibniz""""1. SPINOZA""; ""2. LEIBNIZ""; ""3. CONCLUSION""; ""ABBREVIATIONS""; ""Reflection: REASON, CALCULATING MACHINES, AND EFFICIENT CAUSATION""; ""CHAPTER SEVEN: Efficient Causation in Malebranche and Berkeley""; ""1. MALEBRANCHE""; ""1.1 The Volitional/Cognitive Model""; ""1.2 Malebranche on Body-Body Causation and Impact""; ""1.3 Implications of Continuous Creation""; ""1.4 Causation, Law, and Force""; ""2. BERKELEY""; ""2.1 The Regularity-Plus-Volition Interpretation""; ""2.2 Berkeley�s Mature View and Malebranche"" ""ABBREVIATIONS""""CHAPTER EIGHT: Efficient Causation in Hume""; ""1. INTRODUCTION""; ""2. THE REGULARITY THEORY, THE TWO DEFINITIONS, AND HUME�S NATURALISTIC APPROACH""; ""3. INFERENCES, RELATIONS AND DEFINITIONS""; ""4. NECESSARY CONNECTION""; ""5. DEFINITIONS, METAPHYSICS, MODESTY, AND IMMODESTY""; ""6. THOMAS REID""; ""ABBREVIATIONS ""; ""CHAPTER NINE: Efficient Causation in Kant""; ""1. THE ROLE OF CAUSALITY WITHIN KANT�S CRITICAL PHILOSOPHY""; ""2. KANT�S ACCOUNT OF CAUSALITY IN THE SECOND AND THIRD ANALOGIES OF EXPERIENCE""; ""3. KANT�S MODEL OF CAUSALITY""
Series Title: Oxford philosophical concepts.
Responsibility: edited by Tad M. Schmaltz.

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