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Single Idea 15823

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 2. Types of cause]

Full Idea

Sometimes a distinction is made between 'event causation' and 'agent causation' and it has been suggested that there is an unbridgeable gap between the two.

Gist of Idea

Some propose a distinct 'agent causation', as well as 'event causation'


Roderick Chisholm (Person and Object [1976], 2.5)

Book Reference

Chisholm,Roderick: 'Person and Object' [Open Court 1976], p.69

A Reaction

Nope, don't buy that. I connect it with Davidson's 'anomalous monism', that tries to combine one substance with separate laws of action. The metaphysical price for such a theory is too high to pay.

Related Idea

Idea 3963 There are no strict psychophysical laws connecting mental and physical events [Davidson]