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Single Idea 8439

[catalogued under 7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 4. Events / a. Nature of events]

Full Idea

Perhaps it is impossible that an event should have had a causal history different from the one that it actually had.

Gist of Idea

Maybe each event has only one possible causal history


Jonathan Bennett (Event Causation: counterfactual analysis [1987], p.220)

Book Reference

'Causation', ed/tr. Sosa,E. /Tooley,M. [OUP 1993], p.220

A Reaction

[He cites van Inwagen for this] The idea is analagous to baptismal accounts of reference. Individuate an event by its history. It might depend (as Davidson implies) on how you describe the event.