Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Notes to Anthony Collins

1. For an excellent brief account of these men and others, see the article "Deism" by Ernest Campbell Mossner in the MacMillan Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Vol. 2 Pp. 326-335.

2. Clarke holds a version of what John Cottingham has called an "heirloom theory of causality" since the theory requires that the effect ‘inherit’ some property from its cause. There are a variety of different versions of this kind of theory, some more reductionist than others. Clarke holds a strongly reductionist version. Collins, by contrast, holds that causes and effects need have nothing in common. In this respect he is a precursor of Hume.