more from G.E.M. Anscombe

Single Idea 10363

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 8. Particular Causation / b. Causal relata]

Full Idea

Anscombe has inspired the view that causation is an intensional relation, and takes it to be relative to the descriptions of the primary relata.


'Intensional' means concerning meaning

Gist of Idea

Causation is relative to how we describe the primary relata


report of G.E.M. Anscombe (Causality and Determinism [1971], 1) by Jonathan Schaffer - The Metaphysics of Causation 1

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.3

A Reaction

It seems too linguistic to say that there is nothing more to it. It seems relevant in human examples, but if a landslide crushes a tree, what difference does the description make? 'It was just a few rocks and some miserable little tree'. No excuse!