Set Theory and Logic


Refutation of Whewell's Axiom of Causality Copyright © 2018 by Colin James III All Rights Reserved.

Authors: Colin James III

"Everything that becomes or changes must do so owing to some cause; for nothing can come to be without a cause." — Plato in Timaeus William Whewell [1794-1866] refined this as the concept of causality to depend on three axioms: nothing takes place without a cause; the magnitude of an effect is proportional to the magnitude of its cause; and to every action there is an equal and opposed reaction. The second axiom is tautologous, but the others are not, hence refuting the conjecture. From a metaphysical view, the axiom of causality is a bar to miracle because first cause is always assumed. This is overcome with rewriting the conjecture as "The necessity of effect implies the possibility of cause or no cause".

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