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Causation & Laws - PHI00013I

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Jamie Cawthra
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21
    • See module specification for other years: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

To introduce the topics of causation, laws of nature and the relationship between these two subject matters of philosophical study.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the philosophical issues concerning the nature of causation and law, and the connection between them.
  • After considering the relationship between causation and law, we will consider three theories of law - regularity, contingent nomic necessitation, and powers - and the particular theories of causation they support. We close with a brief look at causal relevance and causal explanation.


Task Length % of module mark
Causation & Laws
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Causation & Laws
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback on formative work will be received before the end of Week 4 of Summer Term.

Written feedback on summative work will be available before the end of the Summer Term.

Indicative reading

Introductory Reading

Helen Beebee, Christopher Hitchock and Peter Menzies (eds., 2009), The Oxford Handbook of Causation (Oxford, Oxford University Press).

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