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The Cement of the Universe: A Study of Causation

J. L. Mackie


In this book, J. L. Mackie makes a careful study of several philosophical issues involved in his account of causation. Mackie follows Hume's distinction between causation as a concept and causation as it is ‘in the objects’ and attempts to provide an account of both aspects. Mackie examines the treatment of causation by philosophers such as Hume, Kant, Mill, Russell, Ducasse, Kneale, Hart and Honore, and von Wright. Mackie's own account involves an analysis of causal statements in terms of counterfactual conditionals though these are judged to be incapable of giving a complete account of causa ... More

Keywords: causation, counterfactual conditionals, direction of causation, functional laws, Hume, Kant, Mackie, metaphysics, regularity theory, Russell, statistical laws, teleology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1980 Print ISBN-13: 9780198246428
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198246420.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. L. Mackie, author
University College, Oxford