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Speaker Series: Robert Pasnau
February 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Title: Who Killed Agent Causation? A Murder Mystery
Abstract: It’s a familiar claim in recent philosophy that causation is a relationship between events. But, famously, things didn’t used to be that way. Throughout antiquity, the Middle Ages and the early modern period, causation was understood as a relationship between substances and/or powers. When did this sort of “agent causation” die? And who killed it? The answer turns out to be surprising.
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