Item description for Causation and Causality: Two Mirrors of a Cause by S. K. Leung...
With David Hume's profound philosophical doubts on causation at the background, this book attempts to answer many difficult questions. The author ridicules Spinoza's idea of causation in the form of "Given a cause, its effect will follow as of necessity." Here the author introduces the notion of "epistemological priority" and "temporal continuum" to explain the ordinary conception of causation in connection with space and time. This bold analysis of causation is seen as an answer to Hume. Causation and causality are but epistemological reality that does not alter the metaphysical reality of nature itself.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.06" Width: 5.94" Height: 0.32" Weight: 0.38 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2002
Publisher Janus Publishing Company
ISBN 1902835123 ISBN13 9781902835129
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One person's struggle to come to grips with causality Dec 18, 2002
This reads like a long term paper, or just a monologue ranting about causality and causation.
It brings up some good issues, but there are a lot of non sequitor arguments. For example, on page 9, he contradicts himself in one paragraph:
"Still, no event can be termed a cause unless and until another event is identified as its effect. Consequently, we cannot say that for every cause there is an effect, but we can say that for every effect there is a cause."
His arguments are weak, and it reads more like a student diary or notebook going through all the issues which trouble him about causality and causation, and how he came to terms with them.
It might be good as a supplement to his other writings, to help you understand him and his philosophy, or it might be good to add to your collection if, like me, you try to find all perspectives on causality out there, but it won't be a rigorously argued or well-organized course in causality and causation. For that, you are better off with Wesley Salmon or Michael Tooley's books.