© 2002

From Cause to Causation

A Peircean Perspective


Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 90)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Menno Hulswit
    Pages 47-74
  3. Menno Hulswit
    Pages 75-96
  4. Menno Hulswit
    Pages 97-132
  5. Menno Hulswit
    Pages 133-166
  6. Menno Hulswit
    Pages 167-217
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 219-253

About this book


From Cause to Causation presents both a critical analysis of C.S. Peirce's conception of causation, and a novel approach to causation, based upon the semeiotic of Peirce.
The book begins with a review of the history of causation, and with a critical discussion of contemporary theories of the concept of `cause'. The author uncovers a number of inadequacies in the received views of causation, and discusses their historical roots. He makes a distinction between "causality", which is the relation between cause and effect, and causation, which is the production of a certain effect. He argues that, by focusing on causality, the contemporary theories fatally neglect the more fundamental problem of causation. The author successively discusses Peirce's theories of final causation, natural classes, semeiotic, and semeiotic causation. Finally, he uses Peirce's semeiotic to develop a new approach to causation, which relates causation to our experience of signs.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Heyendaal InstituteUniversity of NijmegenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title From Cause to Causation
  • Book Subtitle A Peircean Perspective
  • Authors M. Hulswit
  • Series Title Philosophical Studies Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0976-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0977-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-0297-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 258
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ontology
    History of Philosophy
    Philosophy of Nature
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