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Single Idea 8444

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 9. General Causation / d. Causal necessity]

Full Idea

It is not clear how to analyse the form of necessary causation found in the only three people in the room being tall causing everybody in the room to be tall.

Gist of Idea

Where is the necessary causation in the three people being tall making everybody tall?


Ernest Sosa (Varieties of Causation [1980], 5)

Book Reference

'Causation', ed/tr. Sosa,E. /Tooley,M. [OUP 1993], p.240

A Reaction

I would want to challenge this as a case of causation. There are no events or processes involved. It seems that a situation described in one way can also be described in another.