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1084001notesweek11 © 1 Dr Mc’s Philosophy 001 (1084), Lecture Notes, Week 11 © There are two more weeks in the term. See the syllabus! Causation Explicit vs Implicit Causal Statements Statements that use the word “cause” (or a close variant) are explicitly causal statements. For example: 1. Not studying caused Su-Feh to fail. 2. The recent rains caused flooding. 3. Running regularly causes increased aerobic capacity. Some statements express causal statements without using the word “cause” in any form. These are implicitly causal statements . For example: 4. The use of marijuana leads to the use of cocaine. 5. I shot the sheriff. 6. Out of sight, out of mind. In reconstructing causal arguments, causal statements should be made explicit. (first attempts) 4a. The use of marijuana causes the use of cocaine. 5a. I caused the shooting of the sheriff. My firing the gun caused the sheriff to be shot? 6a. Being out of sight (or not available) causes one to be forgotten (or not thought of). Singular and General Causal Statements Recall the distinction between tokens and types. Tokens are single items. Types are categories of things.
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1084001notesweek11 © 2 Singular causal statements involve tokens, i.e., particulars. This car crash was caused by the driver going too fast.
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