The Revival of Causal Realism From Husserl to the Present:Some Recent History and a Critical Commentary

Herbert Hochberg

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Keywords: Causality, Necessity, Laws, Regularities, Facts, Truth-maker, Modality, Generality

: The paper considers the problems posed by the recent revival of causal realism in the 1970s by a number of philosophers--principally D. M. Armstrong's version. It points to basic flaws in the view and attempts to defend it and also shows that what has recently been proposed simply repeats turn of the century views of Husserl, Broad and McTaggart. It ends by proposing an alternatives form of causal realism compatible with Hume's insights.

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Herbert Hochberg

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