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Single Idea 22607

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

Full Idea

Time and space are significant determinants of natural phenomena, and yet are not (typically) regarded as causal determinants

Gist of Idea

Time and space are not causal, but they determine natural phenomena


R.D. Ingthorsson (A Powerful Particulars View of Causation [2021], 1.4)

Book Reference

'Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time', ed/tr. Callender,Craig [OUP 2013], p.9

A Reaction

I like the word 'determinants'. Metaphysics largely concerns what determines what. I'm struggling to think of examples of this (which he does not give). Decay takes time, but isn't determined by time. Is a light cone a determinant?