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Lecture 21 - Causation
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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHI3170
Professor
Daniel Kofman
Semester
Fall

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Nov. 26, 2013 1. More on causation: Ducasse on proximate causation, mind-brain causation and mysterians. Direct causation (proximate) – ex: how the bicycle moves forward Hume – all you ever really know are constant conjunctions 2. Perception: Can it make sense to ask why objects and their properties appear one way rather than another, have odors, tastes, feels, sounds, etc? Locke and Stillingfleet on powers: Locke retreats from mechanism: God can put into nature powers of objects to affect one another that we cannot understand (a dim anticipation of Hume 3. The senses (Aristotle) 4. Lockean empiricism: no innate ideas – all ideas originate in 5. Some possibilities in theory. Definition: Realism – there are physical objects which we see (somehow) Direct realism – what you see is what you get (if you see a chair, there is a chair) Naïve (Straws
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