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Objects and Properties in Causation

ERI 149
Wednesday 31 October 2018 (15:15-17:00)

Philosophy Society Seminar Series 2018/19

  • Title: Objects and Properties in Causation
  • Speaker:  Helen Steward (Leeds)

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Can objects be causes? Can properties? Apparent difficulties with the candidacy of both kinds of item to play the role of cause have encouraged what I shall call a hybridisation strategy - whereupon entities which are thought to be both sufficiently particular to be causes (as objects are) but also sufficiently fine-grained (as properties are) are argued to be the relata of the causal relation. Examples of such hybrid entities include property instances, tropes and modes. In this talk, I shall argue that the hybridisation strategy is a mistake - and that we should prefer what I shall instead call the diversification strategy which recognises that objects and properties can both play the role of cause, but in importantly different ways.

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