The basic questions dealt with in this entry are i whether and to what extent causation in legal contexts differs from causation outside the law for example in science or everyday life and ii what are the appropriate criteria in law for deciding whether one action or event has caused another generally harmful event. Causation in english law concerns the legal tests of remoteness causation and foreseeability in the tort of negligence it is also relevant for english criminal law and english contract law in the english law of negligence causation proves a direct link between the defendants negligence and the claimants loss and damage. Acas amicus brief focuses particularly on the latter argument by tracing the tort law causation requirement back to pre revolutionary times and explaining how the principles underlying the causation requirement are embedded in the constitution itself. Causation and causality have been debated for centuries in philosophy and there are thousands of books and articles on the topic including some very recent articles in physics that combine ideas of hume russell etc and posit causation as almost a new category of force along with space time and matter energy
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