On the logic of event causation. Part I. Fundamental reflections

Uwe Scheffler

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/LLP.1993.004


The paper outlines an analysis of token causation. It contains reasons for the choice of event tokens and a list of properties of causal relations. After defining the notion event it is shown, in which form classical philosophical problems arise and how they can be solved: Causality is interpreted as an second order property of first order relations. Temporal order can be induced from causal order. Token causation does not involve neither any kind of necessity, nor probability. Causal laws are generalizations on sentences about token causation by quantifying over event types. Two explications of Causal law are suggested, differing in the ability of allowing for exceptions.

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