Single Idea 17525

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 9. General Causation / c. Counterfactual causation]

Full Idea

The Humean idea, developed by Lewis, is that rather than being sufficient for their effects, causes are (counterfactual) necessary for their effects.

Gist of Idea

The counterfactual view says causes are necessary (rather than sufficient) for their effects


report of David Lewis (Causation [1973]) by Alexander Bird - Causation and the Manifestation of Powers p.162

Book Reference

'The Metaphysics of Powers', ed/tr. Marmodoro,Anna [OUP 2013], p.162