9780415914765

The Causation Debate in Modern Philosophy, 1637-1739

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415914765

  • ISBN10:

    0415914760

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-12-17
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

The Causation Debate in Modern Philosophyexamines the debate that began as modern science separated itself from natural philosophy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The book specifically explores the two dominant approaches to causation as a metaphysical problem and as a scientific problem. As philosophy and science turned from the ideas of Aristotle that dominated western thought throughout the renaissance, one of the most pressing intellectual problems was how to replace Aristotelian science with its doctine of the four causes. This is the first book to look at the historical discussion as a debate that surrounds certain themes and ideas, and combines classical discussions of causation with recent thinking on the topic.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Editions and Abbreviations ix
The Debate
1(16)
Descartes: The Metaphysics of Causation
17(30)
Descartes: The Epistemology of Causation
47(20)
Classical Mechanism: Hobbes and Gassendi
67(30)
The Temptation of Occasionalism: Le Grand and Malebranche
97(32)
Causes and Sufficient Reason: Spinoza and Leibniz
129(28)
The Limits of Classical Mechanism: Boyle, Rohault, and Newton
157(26)
The Attempted Alignment of Philosophy and Physics: Locke, Berkeley, and Hume
183(24)
Summation and Final Ironies
207(4)
Notes 211(4)
Bibliography 215(18)
Index 233

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