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Causation in the Law$
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H. L. A. Hart and Tony Honoré

Print publication date: 1985

Print ISBN-13: 9780198254744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198254744.001.0001

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Causation and Common Sense

Causation and Common Sense

(p.26) II Causation and Common Sense
Causation in the Law

H. L. A. Hart

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes certain salient features of the central notion of causation and shows how analogies with these characterize the common-sense identification of causes in a wider field and the way in which the contrast between the cause and mere circumstances or conditions is drawn there. It then examines the cases where the language of ‘cause’ and ‘consequence’ is also used to refer to the interpersonal transactions mentioned in the previous chapter and to certain other relationships even more distantly related to the central notion of` ‘cause and effect’.

Keywords:   causation, common sense, cause and effect, consequence

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