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The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas AquinasEssays in Thomistic Philosophy, New and Old$
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W. Norris Clarke

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229284

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229284.001.0001

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Causality and Time

Causality and Time

(p.27) Chapter 3 Causality and Time
The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas

W. Norris Clarke, SJ

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the relation between causality and temporal sequence. Does the relation of cause to effect involve a temporal priority of cause as cause over its effect? That case is widely assumed or argued by many contemporary philosophers, especially philosophers of science. Several examples are presented in order to answer this question including that from representatives of the empirical tradition, from the philosophers of science, and from two metaphysicians.

Keywords:   causality, time, temporal sequence, cause–effect relationship, metaphysics

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