Author

Fisher

Date of Award

6-1996

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Kent Baldner

Second Advisor

Joe Ellin

Third Advisor

C.S. Peirce

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Causation is a problem for philosophers because in explaining causation one must explain reality itself. Since the metaphysical systems of history are carefully reasoned claims concerning reality, they will be employed in this discussion of causation. We will examine the foundational posits of four metaphysical positions -- Buddhism, Platonism, Nominalism, and Realism -- and review the meaning each assigns for causation. We can then observe how the meaning of causation is altered depending on the system of metaphysics that serves as its context.

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Metaphysics Commons

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