The Temporal Dimension of Causal Relationships

Dialogue 26:17-26 (1983)

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Richard W. Field
Northwest Missouri State University
Abstract
Historically one of the recurring problems which philosophers have faced when trying to come to some understanding of causation is the temporal relationship of the cause to the effect. Philosophers have as yet not achieved any consensus on this issue. Indeed one is able to appeal to the literature on this subject and fine some support for every position which is logically possible. The goal of this paper is to reduce the number of positions concerning the temporal relationship of cause to effect which can be considered adequate to account for the way that causal relationships occur in the world, and the ordinary understanding we have of them.
Keywords causation, time
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