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Ideas of J.L. Mackie, by Text

[Australian, 1917 - 1982, Born in Sydney. At University College, Oxford University.]

1955 Evil and Omnipotence
B p.95 Is evil an illusion, or a necessary contrast, or uncontrollable, or necessary for human free will? [PG]
Pref. p.92 The propositions that God is good and omnipotent, and that evil exists, are logically contradictory [PG]
1965 Causes and Conditions
p.70 Mackie tries to analyse singular causal statements, but his entities are too vague for events [Kim]
p.71 Necessity and sufficiency are best suited to properties and generic events, not individual events [Kim]
p.189 A cause is part of a wider set of conditions which suffices for its effect [Crane]
p.407 Mackie has a nomological account of general causes, and a subjunctive conditional account of single ones [Tooley]
1 p.34 A cause is an Insufficient but Necessary part of an Unnecessary but Sufficient condition
3 p.47 The virus causes yellow fever, and is 'the' cause; sweets cause tooth decay, but they are not 'the' cause
4 p.48 Necessary conditions are like counterfactuals, and sufficient conditions are like factual conditionals
9 p.52 The INUS account interprets single events, and sequences, causally, without laws being known
9 p.54 Some says mental causation is distinct because we can recognise single occurrences
1977 Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong
p.107 The 'error theory' of morals says there is no moral knowledge, because there are no moral facts [Engel]