Causation And Freedom In Willing; Together With Man A Creative First Cause, And Kindred Papers

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byRowland Gibson Hazard

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ... requires to be accounted for by a causal antecedent. That which already exists will continue to exist if there is no Cause of change. The postulate of the necessitarian argument from Cause and effect, as you state it, is this: "It is a universal truth that everything which has a beginning has a Cause." What we really seek, in this case, is the Cause of the change from night to day, and to this change night is a necessary antecedent or condition. Hence, in your view, and that of Sir William Hamilton also, night is a Cause of day, and the exception seems not to be well taken. To the postulate, or to your statement of it, as just quoted, I do not know that there is any dissent; but, in your view of Cause, does it amount to anything more than an assertion of the truism, that everything the existence of which does not date so far back as something else does, i. e., as far back as that which has no beginning, had something before it--had antecedents? The element of power to produce the change involved in a beginning is still lacking. I have already not only admitted, but offered proof, that if there are any unintelligent Causes, their action must of necessity be uniform; and as you assert this of all Causes, we agree in this as to those which are unintelligent, and this leaves no room, as between us, to question the application to them of the rule, that the same Causes of necessity produce the same effects, which is thus involved in Causation by material or other unintelligent forces.1 Now, if the whole aggregate antecedents are the Cause of any effect, then, as at each instant, the whole antecedents are the same at every point of 1 See page 253, Letter on Causation. space, the effects should be everywhere the same. To this it may be plausibly...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ... requires to be accounted for by a causal antecedent. That which already exists will continue to exist if there...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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