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26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 6. Causation as primitive

[causation is an unanalysable basis of nature]

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The word 'cause' is an abstraction from a group of causal terms in a language (scrape, push..) [Anscombe]
Active causal power is just objects at work, not something existing in itself [Harré/Madden]
Causation is primitive; it is too intractable and central to be reduced; all explanations require it [Schaffer,J]
If causation is just observables, or part of common sense, or vacuous, it can't be primitive [Schaffer,J]
We take causation to be primitive, as it is hard to see how it could be further reduced [Mumford/Anjum]