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Chapter 13

PHIL 1200 Chapter 13: Topic 8
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Philosophy
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PHIL 1200
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David R.Hampton

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lD82R What is the difference between saying that event A happened before event B and saying that event A caused event B (Hume and his criticism of causation) So, the problem of distinguishing between things caused and mere happenings is not a special one for immanent causation, and we have no reason to reject it on the basis of this Another familiar point (Descartes) The concept of immanent causation is not any more mysterious than the concept of transient causation In fact, immanent causation is what we are acquainted with first and the thing upon which our conception of transient causation is built Firstwe notice that wecan move ourarmsand legsbyhavingsome sort of thoughts This way we begin to think of ourselves as causes Then we notice that external events happen in a similar way (some events always follow others) From this we infer that there are external causes, too Chisholm’s conclusion We are unmoved movers, and in this sense special (an
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