Metaphysics day 2

Metaphysics day 2 - Metaphysics Notion of Cause H umes...

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Metaphysics: Notion of Cause Hume’s problem of causation events-spatio-temporal- do they have pastness, presentness, futurity? Causation is linked to the concept of change. i.e. “The collapse of a bridge” what was the true and definitive reason? What is it that gets one from a sleeping state to being awake (the “cause?”). Scientific = explanation for the occurrence of physical events -> causal *Newton’s law of gravitation explains a broad range of diverse phenomena. a. motion of falling objects. b. planetary motion. c. motion of a pendulum. d. motion of the tides. Yet the notion of cause is a philosophical puzzle; for it is that each cause has its own cause. At what point do you stop citing the original source ( so to speak )? Metaphysical Question : “Are there causes, and what is the nature of causation” Empirical Question: “What causes the object to fall?” Metaphysical questions are linked to conceptual analysis. causation does not involve necessity it is a custom of the mind.
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This note was uploaded on 09/04/2011 for the course PHI 3500 taught by Professor Beer during the Fall '11 term at FIU.

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