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Single Idea 4784

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

Full Idea

Salmon argues that processes rather than events should be the basic entities in a theory of physical causation.

Gist of Idea

Salmon says processes rather than events should be basic in a theory of physical causation

Source

report of Wesley Salmon (Causal Connections [1984]) by Stathis Psillos - Causation and Explanation 4.2

Book Reference

Psillos,Stathis: 'Causation and Explanation' [Acumen 2002], p.111


A Reaction

It increasingly strikes me that the concept of a 'process' ought to be ontologically basic. Edelman says the mind is a process. An 'event' is too loose, and a 'fact' too vague, and heaven knows what Hume meant by an 'object'.