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The Nature of Causation

We have causal theories of reference, perception, knowledge, content and numerous other things. If it were to turn out that causation doesn’t exist, we would be in serious trouble! Causation is so important in fact that it has been said that: “With regard to our total conceptual apparatus, causation is the centre of the centre”, and it has been called called ‘the cement of the universe’. In these lectures you will be introduced to the most influential theories of causation, the motivations for them and arguments behind them, and the problems they face.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons The regularity theory of causation Hume's famously influential account of causation Marianne Talbot 09 Jun 2016
2 Creative Commons The counterfactual theory of causation The idea that event c causes event e if and only if had c not had occurred e would not have occurred either. Marianne Talbot 09 Jun 2016
3 Creative Commons The necessary connection analysis of causation The idea that there are real metaphysical necessities relating cause and effect. Marianne Talbot 09 Jun 2016
4 Creative Commons The singularist theory of causation The idea that causation is a relation science will one day discover. Marianne Talbot 09 Jun 2016
5 Creative Commons Time and Causation Both time and causation seems to have the same 'direction’ . Can we explain this? Marianne Talbot 09 Jun 2016
6 Creative Commons Mental Causation We do what we do because we believe what we believe. Or do we? How does mental causation work? Marianne Talbot 09 Jun 2016