Causal and Metaphysical Necessity

  title={Causal and Metaphysical Necessity},
  author={Shoemaker Sydney},
  journal={Pacific Philosophical Quarterly},
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
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