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Single Idea 1859

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 9. General Causation / d. Causal necessity]

Full Idea

Even a sufficient cause doesn't always compel its effect, since it can sometimes be interfered with so that its effect doesn't happen

Gist of Idea

Even a sufficient cause doesn't compel its effect, because interference could interrupt the process


Thomas Aquinas (Quaestiones Disputatae de Malo [1271], Q6.h to 15)

Book Reference

Aquinas,Thomas: 'Selected Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. McDermott,Timothy [OUP 1993], p.182