It is now time to gather up all the parts of this reasoning,and assemble them into an exact definition of the relation of cause and effect, which is our present topic. This order of exposition—first examining our inference from the causeeffect relation and then explaining the relation itself—would have been inexcusable if it had been possible to proceed in any other way. But as the nature of •the relation depends so much on that of •the inference, I have had to advance in this seemingly preposterous manner, using certain terms before being able exactly to define them or fix their meaning. I shall now correct this fault by giving a precise definition of cause and effect.

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