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Speaker Series: Robert Pasnau

February 17, 2023 @ 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.


reception to follow in Caldwell 106


February 17, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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