Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Individual causation, philosophy: theoretical problem following David Hume's contention that causation is not observable, but only to be inferred from a regularity of repeated events. Practical problems are then inter alia, the explanation of the evolution of the universe as a whole or the emergence and extinction of species. See also universe, natural kinds, species, cause, effect, causality, causation, causal explanation, causal theory, regularity theory.
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Davidson, Donald
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Individual Causation Armstrong III 94
Causality / DavidsonVsHume / Armstrong: individual causation: we often recognize that an individual case is causal, without having any idea to what regular sequence it belongs - Solution: differentiation knowledge-that: that there is a law / know-what: the law is - solution: there are a description, under which the event is lawlike - AnscombeVsDavidson: many characteristics are causally irrelevant, therefore causality is description dependent.

D. Davidson
Der Mythos des Subjektiven Stuttgart 1993

D. Davidson
Handlung und Ereignis Frankfurt 1990

D. Davidson
Wahrheit und Interpretation Frankfurt 1990

AR II = Disp
D. M. Armstrong

Dispositions, Tim Crane, London New York 1996

D. Armstrong
What is a Law of Nature? Cambridge 1983

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