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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Causation
Causation
Michael Baumgartner
A History of Disagreement

Causation is one of the most basic concepts regulating our interaction with the world. It is omnipresent both in science and in every-day life. Correspondingly, it is among the oldest topics in Western philosophical and scientific theorizing. Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Hobbes, Galileo, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Newton, Hume, Kant, Mill, Reichenbach – just to name some of the most prominent figures – have devoted important parts of their work to this topic. A multitude of different theories of causation, many of which are incompatible, have been proposed over the centuries. Even to this day, conflicting theories continue to co-exist – ultimately because they are embedded in, and draw their justification from, incompatible background metaphysics and ...

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