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PHIL 360 Notes - CausationTime CausationTime 18:57...

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Causation - Time 18:57 Causation - Time Thursday: new unit   time Read 2 articles from Req: 1. G. Wells, “The Time Traveller’s Speech” 2. Prior, “Thank goodness that’s over!” Create philosophy dictionary (especially for articles) Group hw 3 easy cases of causation close door -> door closes kick ball -> ball moves drop glass -> glass breaks 1 hard case of causation (controversial) sick -> take pills -> not sure if pills or natural  fred’s failure to water the plant caused its death   absence of event is cause time traveller’s getting into the time machine in 2011 caused to get out of the  time machine in 1900   backward causation Causal relations Hume’s constant conjunction    the objection would be “does day cause  night and vice versa” no because the way of the universe works causes both.  So constant conjunction doesn’t make sense here. NS : (1) E causes F if and only if that E and F falls under some laws. (2)  Cause is a necessary part of the condition that is sufficient. Causes don’t  always cause the effect because there are many causal factors that contribute 
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2011 for the course PHIL 360 taught by Professor Vihvelin during the Spring '11 term at USC.

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PHIL 360 Notes - CausationTime CausationTime 18:57...

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