Domino cascade

During Michaelmas (Autumn) Term 2016 I gave a series of lectures on causation. This is a fascinating subject. Causation is one of the most fundamental relationship most of us ever deal with. We have myriad causal beliefs, so fundamental we are not even aware of them (unless they go wrong). So we believe that flipping the switch will cause the light to go on, that posting a letter will result in its receipt by the one to whom it was written…..

If you click on the link you’ll find the podcasts, and the lecture notes.

Week one: Regularity Theory

Lecture notes for lecture one: Lecture one


Causation versus Correlation

Week two: The Counterfactual Theory of Causation

Lecture notes for Lecture two:

Week three: The Necessary Connection Analysis of Causation

Lecture notes for Lecture three:

Week four: The Singularist Theory of Causation

Lecture notes for Lecture four

Week five: Time and Causation


David Hume

Lecture notes for Lecture Five

Week six: Mental Causation

Lecture notes for Lecture Six:


About Marianne

Marianne is Director of Studies in Philosophy at Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education
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2 Responses to Causation

  1. Safwan says:

    There is a difference between a ’cause’ and a ‘condition’. A seed of plant has a program in its DNA which causes its growth, provided that conducive soil conditions are met. The same seed, having a potential to become the cause for a future tree – is not sufficient for the event. The event is cause-condition-dependant. The troika of Cause-Condition-Effect is one occurrence characterising what we call an “event”.

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