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Unformatted text preview: Indirect cause o Proximate cause Cause in greatest proximity to effect Philosophers o Aristotle (384-322BC) Begin to reflect on causation o David Hume (1711-1776) Scottish philosopher Reflected on causal inferences and causal law (example cause of nature) Causal law Generalization from past to future events Inductive Criteria for evaluating inductive generalization o Number of past occurrences of this particular causal relation o Frequency with which an effect follows a cause e.g. does this effect always follow this particular cause o Similarity of the cases- similarities among the effects and similarities among the causes...
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course PHIL 045 taught by Professor Hopper during the Fall '07 term at GWU.
- Fall '07