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Single Idea 11954

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 7. Eliminating causation]

Full Idea

We should give up any causal analysis of powers, we should try to analyse causation in terms of powers.

Gist of Idea

We should analyse causation in terms of powers


George Molnar (Powers [1998], 8.5.3)

Book Reference

Molnar,George: 'Powers: a study in metaphysics', ed/tr. Mumford,Stephen [OUP 2003], p.141

A Reaction

It may be hard to explain what powers are, or identify them, if you can't say that they cause things to happen. I am torn between Molnar's view, and the view that causation is primitive.