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Ali Çaksu

Ibn Khaldun and Hegel on Causality in History: Aristotelian Legacy Reconsidered Ali Çaksu Department of Philosophy, Fatih University Abstract Th ere have been several attempts to identify the ‘four causes’ of history in Ibn Khaldun and Hegel. Th ese attempts have been inspired by the

A.J.B. Sirks

who was slain twice: causality and the lex Aquilia (Iulian. 86 dig . D. 9,2,51) .................................................. 313–351 Pa d o v a n i , A., ‘ Tenebo hunc ordinem ’, Metodo e struttura della lezione nei giuristi medievali (secoli XII

Harald Walach

raised the issue of what it actually takes for something to be called science. Does causality come into the picture? If so, how does causality relate to our non-local model that seems to explicitly eschew the question of causality? Th e answer lies in what one is willing to accept as causality. If

Huxel, Kirsten, Russell, Robert John, Schütt, Hans-Peter and Steiger, Johann Anselm

[German Version] I. Philosophy – II. Science – III. Dogmatics – IV. Ethics Causality (from Lat. causa, “cause”), also causal nexus, causal relationship, is a term for the characteristic relationship between cause and effect. The things related are generally assumed to be pairs of events (event


Edited by Jakob Leth Fink

Suárez on Aristotelian Causality offers the first comprehensive account of Francisco Suárez’s position with respect to the four Aristotelian causes in his Metaphysical Disputations. Suárez deals with these causes in the greater part of Metaphysical Disputations 12–27 approximately a third of his famous work on metaphysics. Nevertheless, no previous attempt at analysis of causality as a part of his overall metaphysical position has been offered.
The material, formal, efficient and final cause as understood by Suárez each receives a chapter in this volume just as his general account of causality is considered. This should be relevant to anyone interested in the role and pertinence of Aristotelian causality for Suárez’s metaphysics.
Contributors (in order of appearance) are Jakob Leth Fink, Erik Åkerlund, Kara Richardson, Stephan Schmid and Sydney Penner.

Detel, Wolfgang (Frankfurt/Main)

[German version] The concept of causality does not begin to take shape until the Middle Ages (Lat. causalitas), and is not attested in ancient literature. But, from the beginning, the philosophers and scientists of antiquity reflected on the forms that can be taken by the chain of events (causality

Franɀ Karl Mayr

Causality, as the relationship between cause and effect, is treated in various ways. Since modern subjectivism, with its cleavage between subject and object, followed by an emancipation of “thought” from “language”, constant efforts have been made to reduce causality to an external phenomenon

Rudolph, Enno

The term “causality” is used to identify a natural event or action as the effect of a cause. In conflict with the skepticism of D. Hume (1711–76), the principle that all that happens has a cause has been a basic epistemological formula from the time of I. Kant (1724–1804). Strictly speaking, its

Smith, Kurt

The question of what is meant when something is referred to as the cause “cause” (Lat. causa) of something else, and to what this might correspond in the things themselves, was studied already by the philosophers of Antiquity. For early modern discussion the predominant theories of causality

The Crisis of Causality

Voetius and Descartes on God, Nature and Change


Han van Ruler

The Crisis of Causality deals with the reaction of the Dutch Calvinist theologian Gisbertus Voetius (1589-1676) to the New Philosophy of René Descartes (1596-1650).
Voetius not only criticised the Cartesian idea of a mechanical Universe; he also foresaw that shifting conceptions of natural causality would make it impossible for theologians to explain the relationship between God and Creation in philosophical terms. This threatened the status of theology as a scientific discipline.
Apart from a detailed analysis of the Scholastic and Cartesian notions of causality, the book offers new perspectives on related subjects, such as seventeenth-century university training and the Cartesian method of science. It will be of great importance to any student of seventeenth-century intellectual history, philosophy, theology and history of science.