Oxford University

The Nature of Causation

We have causal theories of reference, perception, knowledge, content and numerous other things. If it were to turn out that causation doesn’t exist, we would be in serious trouble! Causation is so important in fact that it has been said that: “With regard to our total conceptual apparatus, causation is the centre of the centre”, and it has been called called ‘the cement of the universe’. In these lectures you will be introduced to the most influential theories of causation, the motivations for them and arguments behind them, and the problems they face.

We have causal theories of reference, perception, knowledge, content and numerous other things. If it were to turn out that causation doesn’t exist, we would be in serious trouble! Causation is so important in fact that it has been said that: “With regard to our total conceptual apparatus, causation is the centre of the centre”, and it has been called called ‘the cement of the universe’. In these lectures you will be introduced to the most influential theories of causation, the motivations for them and arguments behind them, and the problems they face.

Episodes: 6

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Time and Causation

Duration: 1 hr 30 min

Mental Causation

Duration: 1 hr 33 min

The necessary connection analysis of causation

Duration: 1 hr 29 min

The singularist theory of causation

Duration: 1 hr 37 min

The regularity theory of causation

Duration: 1 hr 32 min

The counterfactual theory of causation

Duration: 1 hr 35 min

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