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William Hamilton on causation

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The nineteenth-century British Philosopher William Hamilton defended his law of the conditioned in part on the strength of its ability to offer a satisfactory theory of causation. He maintained that our belief that every event is the outcome of some cause and the source of some further effect finds its ground, not in the world, but rather in the limitations of our own minds; specifically in our inability to conceive of either absolute commencement of being or its absolute annihilation. Wh...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1080/09608788.2014.989808

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Department:
Harris Manchester
Journal:
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Volume:
23
Issue:
2
Pages:
333-348
Publication date:
2015-01-19
Acceptance date:
2014-11-17
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EISSN:
1469-3526
ISSN:
0960-8788

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