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Unformatted text preview: Theory of Causation • First objection o Is the Doctrine of Necessity more than simply the view that given enough information, human action could be predicted? • Mill’s Reply: o No, since causation is merely constancy of succession o There is nothing in causation but invariable, certain, and unconditional sequence o There is no additional o Necessary is simply uniformity of order, and capability of being • Second Objection o Mill guilty of equivocating between two forms of causation • Mill’s Reply: o Necessity does not imply fatalism • Just because that which happens is the infallible. .. prevent it.” Ethical Theory in general • Rule based theories o what makes an action wrong is that it breaks moral rules (moral law) o Moral rules derive from some kind of principle • Principle: The Golden Rule o Treat others as you would have o Right action = obey the rule o Wrong action = break the rule...
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- Summer '11
- Philosophy, Causality, basic argument