Concrete occurrences vs. explanatory facts: Mackie on the extensionality of causal statements
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- 1.Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1974. All further page references in the text will be to this work.Google Scholar
- 3.Among recent writers on causation who have adopted this view are Hanson,Patterns of Discovery, Cambridge University Press, 1958; Scriven, ‘Causation as Explanation’Nous ix (1975), 1–16; and Beadsley, ‘Actions and Events: the Problem of Individuation’,American Philosophical Quarterly 12 (1975). Scriven writes: “a cause is an explanatory factor (of a particular kind). Causation is the relation between explanatory factors (of this kind) and what they explain” (p. 11). I suspect that Scriven is committed to the absence of causal relations in the absence of explanations demanded and offered.Google Scholar
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