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AuthorHulswit, Menno. author
TitleFrom Cause to Causation [electronic resource] : A Peircean Perspective / by Menno Hulswit
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2002
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-0297-4
Descript XXI, 258 p. online resource

SUMMARY

From Cause to Causation presents both a critical analysis of C.S. Peirce's conception of causation, and a novel approach to causation, based upon the semeiotic of Peirce. The book begins with a review of the history of causation, and with a critical discussion of contemporary theories of the concept of ̀cause'. The author uncovers a number of inadequacies in the received views of causation, and discusses their historical roots. He makes a distinction between "causality", which is the relation between cause and effect, and causation, which is the production of a certain effect. He argues that, by focusing on causality, the contemporary theories fatally neglect the more fundamental problem of causation. The author successively discusses Peirce's theories of final causation, natural classes, semeiotic, and semeiotic causation. Finally, he uses Peirce's semeiotic to develop a new approach to causation, which relates causation to our experience of signs


CONTENT

1: SOME KEY MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE CONCEPT OF CAUSATION -- 2: CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES TO CAUSATION -- 3: PEIRCE ON FINAL CAUSATION -- 4: FINAL CAUSES AND NATURAL GLASSES -- 5: THE RIDDLE OF SEMEIOTIC CAUSATION -- 6: A SEMEIOTIC ACCOUNT OF CAUSATION -- Notes


Philosophy Metaphysics Ontology Philosophy of nature Pragmatism Philosophy Ontology Metaphysics Pragmatism History of Philosophy Philosophy of Nature



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