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Single Idea 13309

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 3. Necessary/Sufficient Conditions]

Full Idea

There's no reason for you to assume that, X being something without which Y could never have come about, Y came about as a result of the assistance of X.

Gist of Idea

That something is a necessary condition of something else doesn't mean it caused it


Seneca the Younger (Letters from a Stoic [c.60], 088)

Book Reference

Seneca: 'Letters from a Stoic (Selections)', ed/tr. Campbell,Robin [Penguin 1969], p.158

A Reaction

This is a clear message to the likes of Mackie, who are in danger of thinking that giving the preconditions of something is sufficient to give its causes.