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The Volitional Theory of Causation

From Berkeley to the Twentieth Century

W. J. Mander

The Volitional Theory of Causation

The Volitional Theory of Causation

From Berkeley to the Twentieth Century

The Volitional Theory of Causation

 

This work traces the development of a philosophical theory about causality—the volitional theory of causation— which supposes the underlying nature of causation as something revealed to us in the experience of our own will.


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Beschrijving The Volitional Theory of Causation

This book presents a history of the volitional theory of causation—the philosophical proposal that volition, or will, of the same or broadly the same stamp as that which we experience in our own deliberate and voluntary doings, should be taken as the basis for all causality. Few today know much about the volitional theory of causation, and even fewer have given it any serious attention. But if current opinion regards this suggestion as an unusual one, of minor
importance, the historical record shows otherwise, revealing that it is a theory which has been proposed and developed again and again throughout the modern era. Its obscurity is only a recent phenomenon. Starting at the beginning of the Early Modern period and progressing right up the modern times, the
historical discussion takes in both supporters and critics, as well as both famous and less well-known figures, to tell the story of a long-running debate which contemporary history of philosophy has forgotten. The principal figures discussed are Berkeley, Hume, Reid, Maine de Biran, Schopenhauer, Mansel, Mill, Martineau, Alexander Campbell Fraser, Borden Parker Bowne, and G.F.Stout, although many other philosophers are also considered. The book ends with a consider of the philosophical merits
of the theory.


ISBN
9780192867537
Pagina's
304
Verschijnt
NUR
730
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

Filosofie