The book specifically explores the two dominant approaches to causation - as a metaphysical problem and as a scientific problem.
The Causation Debate in Modern Philosophy examines 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.combined with recent thinking on the topic.
Table of Contents
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 97 (32)
Causes and Sufficient Reason: Spinoza and 129(28)
The Limits of Classical Mechanism: Boyle, 157(26)
Rohault, and Newton
The Attempted Alignment of Philosophy and 183(24)
Physics: Locke, Berkeley, and Hume
Summation and Final Ironies 207(4)