A Comparative Study on Hume, Lewis and J. L. Mackie`s Views on Causation

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D. student of comparative philosophy, Faculty of Persian Literature & Foreign Languages, Allameh Tabataba'I University, Department of Philosophy

2 Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Allameh Tabataba'I University


Causation is one of the most important philosophical issues criticized by Hume's analysis and caused many philosophers to find solution and explanation. Lewis and J. L. Mackie, as analytic philosopher built the foundation of their theory upon the critique and modification of Hume's theory. The aim in this paper is to deal with, the issue and the authors attempt to present a comparative study by logical explanation on these approaches and introduce the "ambiguity in causation" as one of the most important factors of failure in these approaches. Although, according to Louis, as the authors hold, Hume's approach only implies sufficient causes and so is not comprehensive, Lewis's own approach only involves the necessary reasons, and therefore it envisages a charge of the same challenge. Finally, the authors explained the complex view of J. L. Mackie and accepts it as a more favorable view and also emphasizes that It is inevitable for scholars used of counterfactual conditions to obtain the necessary conditions., But in such cases it is necessary to define the type of causes.


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