Causes and Laws: Philosophical Aspects

Helen Beebee

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Abstract

The questions ‘what makes it the case that one event causes another?’ and ‘what makes it the case that something is a law of nature?’ are highly controversial ones for which, amongst contemporary philosophers, there is no answer that can claim orthodoxy. This article sketches some of the most influential theories of causation and lawhood.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
EditorsJ.D. Wright
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherElsevier BV
Pages266-273
Number of pages8
Volume3
Edition2nd
ISBN (Print)9780081004463
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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