Assessing Elizabeth Anscombe’s Theory of Causality

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Bill Bolin


The concept of causality has been investigated for millennia. Different approaches in assessing causality, such as determining purpose or determining sensible proof, make it difficult to compare the major theories and to rank them as best or most credible. This paper addresses the theories of Aristotle, Hume, and Mill before offering Anscombe’s theory of causation as the most effective one for those who believe a theory of causation should show some purpose. Anscombe’s theory tracks well with Aristotle’s teleological structure of causes, and her views on intention play a role in emphasizing motivation and purpose.

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Bolin, B. (2018). Assessing Elizabeth Anscombe’s Theory of Causality. HUMANITIES BULLETIN, 1(2), 135-140. Retrieved from