About the series oxford philosophical concepts offers an exciting new approach to philosophys past and its relation to other disciplines each volume brings together eminent scholars to excavate the sources of prominent philosophical concepts and to explore the history of their uses. Efficient causation a history edited by tad m schmaltz oxford philosophical concepts traces the history of the idea of efficient causation includes several reflection essays in which top scholars in the humanities and sciences explore the significance of causality part of the oxford philosophical concepts series the history of philosophys most important ideas. Efficient causation a history examines how this modern notion developed from a very different understanding of efficient causation the volume begins with aristotles initial conception of efficient causation and then considers the transformations and reconsiderations of this conception in late antiquity medieval and modern philosophy . Efficient causation is a historical account of our concept of causation but it makes no claim to being the only possible history or even the only philosophically salient history of that concept efficient causation is a history of causation written for metaphysicians by those lights it is excellent. This volume is a contribution to the oxford philosophical concepts series the main goal of which is to provide historical accounts of the development of central philosophical concepts among these concepts would seem to be that of efficient causation or today simply causation causation is now commonly supposed to involve a succession that instantiates some lawlike regularity
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