Efficient Causation: A History

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Causation is now commonly supposed to involve a succession that instantiates some law-like regularity. Efficient Causation: A History examines how our modern notion developed from a very different understanding of efficient causation. This volume begins with Aristotle's initial conception ofefficient causation, and then considers the transformations and reconsiderations of this conception in late antiquity, medieval and modern philosophy, ending with contemporary accounts of causation. It includes four short "Reflections" that explore the significance of the concept for literature, thehistory of music, the history of science, and contemporary art theory.

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Causation is now commonly supposed to involve a succession that instantiates some law-like regularity. Efficient Causation: A History examines how our modern notion developed from a very different understanding of efficient causation. This volume begins with Aristotle's initial conception ofefficient causation, and then considers the t...

Tad M. Schmaltz is Professor of Philosophy and James B. and Grace J. Nelson Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has published articles and book chapters on various topics in early modern philosophy, and is the author of Malebranche's Theory of the Soul (Oxford, 1996), Radical Cartesianism (Cambridge, 2002), and Descart...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Tad M. Schmaltz: IntroductionPart I Ancient and Medieval1. Thomas M. Tuozzo: Aristotle and the Discovery of Efficient CausationTobias Myers: Reflection: Representations of Efficient Causation in the Iliad2. R. J. Hankinson: Efficient Causation in the Stoic Tradition3. Ian Wilks: Efficient Causation in Late Antiquity and the Earlier Medieval Era4. Kara Richardson: Efficient Causation: From Ibn Sana to OckhamAnna Harwell Celenza: Reflection: Efficient Causation and Musical InspirationPart II Modern5. Tad M. Schmaltz: Efficient Causation: From Su rez to Descartes6. Martin Lin: Efficient Causation in Spinoza and LeibnizMatthew L. Jones: Reflection: Reason, Calculating Machines and Efficient Causation7. Lisa Downing: Efficient Causation in Malebranche and Berkeley8. P. J. E. Kail: Efficient Causation in Hume9. Eric Watkins: Efficient Causation in KantPart III Contemporary10. Douglas Ehring: Contemporary Efficient Causation: Humean ThemesTina Rivers: Reflection: Efficient Causation in Art11. Stephen Mumford: Contemporary Efficient Causation: Aristotelian ThemesBibliographyPre-20th-Century Sources20th- and 21st-Century LiteratureIndex