Ideas from 'Causal Relations' by Donald Davidson [1967], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Essays on Actions and Events' by Davidson,Donald [OUP 1982,0-19-824637-4]].

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1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 4. Ordinary Language
The best way to do ontology is to make sense of our normal talk
7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 4. Events / b. Events as primitive
If we don't assume that events exist, we cannot make sense of our common talk
14. Science / D. Explanation / 1. Explanation / a. Explanation
Explanations typically relate statements, not events
26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 2. Particular Causation / b. Causal relata
Either facts, or highly unspecific events, serve better as causes than concrete events
26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 2. Particular Causation / c. Conditions of causation
Full descriptions can demonstrate sufficiency of cause, but not necessity
26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 3. General Causation / b. Nomological causation
A singular causal statement is true if it is held to fall under a law