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Causation and Persistence: A Theory of Causation Hardcover – February 6, 1997

ISBN-13: 000-0195107942 ISBN-10: 0195107942 Edition: 1st
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"Ehring's new book is the single most significant advance in the philosophical debate about the nature of causality in the last decade or more. It not only faces the most serious problems--like causal preemption and the direction of causation--it moves towards creative and persuasive solutions to them. It will have an appeal well beyond the narrow specialist."--Alexander Rosenberg, University of Georgia

"A high-quality philosophical work on a topic of central importance."--David Papineau, Kings College, London

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Douglas Ehring is at Southern Methodist University.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195107942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195107944
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,862,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith Douglas on July 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Ehring's book is an interesting attempt (in part) to solve the question of what allows ordinary objects to persist through time. He defends a "causal trope" account to this end. His development criticizes (amongst others) the views of Donald Davidson on events, and does not do adequate justice to exploring them for his purposes. His references to this part of the metaphysics literature are woefully underdeveloped. The issues he raises are important and interesting, but appear to be muddled. Like much metaphysics these days, it fails to do much contact with science and technology which would (if done well) no doubt improve its content.
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