Causal and Metaphysical Necessity

@article{Sydney1998CausalAM,
  title={Causal and Metaphysical Necessity},
  author={Shoemaker Sydney},
  journal={Pacific Philosophical Quarterly},
  year={1998},
  volume={79},
  pages={59-77}
}
Any property has two sorts of causal features: “forward-looking” ones, having to do with what its instantiation can contribute to causing, and ldquo;backward-looking” ones, having to do with how its instantiation can be caused. Such features of a property are essential to it, and properties sharing all of their causal features are identical. Causal necessity is thus a special case of metaphysical necessity. Appeals to imaginability have no more force against this view than they do against the… Expand
187 Citations
Dispositional versus epistemic causality
  • 20
  • Highly Influenced
  • PDF
The Necessity of Laws, Quiddity and the Causal Criterion of Reality
  • 2
  • PDF
Causal Necessity in Aristotle
  • 3
The Causal Theory of Properties and the Causal Theory of Reference, or How to Name Properties and Why It Matters*
  • 2
  • Highly Influenced
  • PDF
What could be caused must actually be caused
  • C. Weaver
  • Philosophy, Computer Science
  • Synthese
  • 2010
  • 4
Supervenience-based Formulations of Physicalism*
  • 108
  • PDF
Ontic Structural Realism and Modality
  • 16
  • PDF
...
1
2
3
4
5
...