Single Idea 11937

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 4. Naturalised causation]

Full Idea

Causal analyses of powers pre-empt the correct account of causation in terms of powers.

Gist of Idea

We should analyse causation in terms of powers, not vice versa


George Molnar (Powers [1998], 4.2.3)

Book Reference

Molnar,George: 'Powers: a study in metaphysics', ed/tr. Mumford,Stephen [OUP 2003], p.93

A Reaction

I think this is my preferred view. The crucial point is that powers are active, so one is not needing to add some weird 'causation' ingredient to a world which would otherwise be passive and inert. That is a relic from the interventions of God.