more from J.L. Mackie

Single Idea 8342

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

Full Idea

In spite of Mackie's announced aim of analysing singular causal statements, it is doubtful that the entities that he is concerned with can be consistently interpreted as spatio-temporally bounded individual events.

Gist of Idea

Mackie tries to analyse singular causal statements, but his entities are too vague for events


comment on J.L. Mackie (Causes and Conditions [1965]) by Jaegwon Kim - Causes and Events: Mackie on causation 3

Book Reference

'Causation', ed/tr. Sosa,E. /Tooley,M. [OUP 1993], p.70

A Reaction

This is because Mackie mainly talks about 'conditions'. Nearly every theory I encounter in modern philosophy gets accused of either circular definitions, or inadequate individuation conditions for key components. A tough world for theory-makers.