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6. Physicalism: is it all transference?

6. Physicalism: is it all transference?  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

in Causation: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2013
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Nov 2013
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9780191779909
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.003.0007
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‘Physicalism: is it all transference?’ considers what causation is rather than what our concept of cause is. It begins with physical transference theories – the physical transfer of energy ... More
7. Pluralism: is causation many different things?

7. Pluralism: is causation many different things?  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

in Causation: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2013
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Nov 2013
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9780191779909
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.003.0008
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‘Pluralism: is causation many different things?’ proposes that no single theory can explain all cases of causation. Socrates' belief that there is a single essence to something is compared ... More
3. Desire

3. Desire  

Ronald de Sousa

in Love: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Jan 2015
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9780191781353
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10.1093/actrade/9780199663842.003.0003
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Love essentially involves desire. But what is desire? And what sorts of desire are characteristic of love? ‘Desire’ explains that some of the things lovers want are features desirable in ... More
8. Can the study of human behaviour be objective?

8. Can the study of human behaviour be objective?  

Stephen Gaukroger

in Objectivity: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778216
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10.1093/actrade/9780199606696.003.0008
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9780199606696
‘Can the study of human behaviour be objective?’ considers whether a purely functionalist explanation of human behaviour can really answer the questions of why certain behaviours occur. ... More
5. What is a cause?

5. What is a cause?  

Stephen Mumford

in Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778308
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10.1093/actrade/9780199657124.003.0006
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‘What is a cause?’ describes why causation is vital and what causal connections are. Without causation nothing would matter to anything else. We might think of a cause as one event followed ... More
3. Fire and humankind

3. Fire and humankind  

Andrew C. Scott

in Fire: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2020
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Jun 2020
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9780191868429
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10.1093/actrade/9780198830030.003.0003
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9780198830030
It is often impossible to determine from charcoal records whether fires had environmental or human causes; historically, it is also difficult to identify whether human-started fires were ... More
Hume: A Very Short Introduction

Hume: A Very Short Introduction  

Alfred Ayer

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776601
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854063.001.0001
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Hume: A Very Short Introduction considers one of the greatest of all British philosophers, acknowledged by his contemporaries as a pivotal figure of the Enlightenment. A ... More
4. Reasons

4. Reasons  

Ronald de Sousa

in Love: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Jan 2015
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9780191781353
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10.1093/actrade/9780199663842.003.0004
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9780199663842
Love requires an object, but what is an object, and why just this object and not another? There are many reasons—good and bad—for loving someone or something. What reasons are appropriately ... More
Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction  

Stephen Mumford

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778308
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10.1093/actrade/9780199657124.001.0001
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9780199657124
Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction looks at the basic and most important questions of metaphysical thought in order to understand the theory: What are objects? Do colours ... More
13. The Theologians and the God of Physics

13. The Theologians and the God of Physics  

Tom Sorell

in Descartes: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776632
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854094.003.0013
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9780192854094
The arguments of the Meditations were supposed to lay foundations for physics that would be acceptable to the theologians but actually sparked heated academic and theological debate in ... More
4. ‘Absolutes’, Simple Natures, and Problems

4. ‘Absolutes’, Simple Natures, and Problems  

Tom Sorell

in Descartes: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776632
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854094.003.0004
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‘Absolutes, Simple Natures and Problems’ deals mainly with the Regulae, an incomplete treatise which anticipated some of the innovations of the Geometry, and which adapted, in outline, some ... More
4. Cause and Effect

4. Cause and Effect  

A. J. Ayer

in Hume: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776601
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854063.003.0004
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9780192854063
‘Cause and Effect’ considers Hume—s view that the relation of cause and effect supplies the basis for our factual beliefs. Observation leads us to believe in connections between physical ... More

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