Not in it exactly, unless you go in for post hoc, propter hoc.
This view may seem to be the result of post hoc reasoning, but I think it is not.
The post hoc may be taken as established; was it a propter hoc?
Post hoc, ergo propter hoc, is the motto of the savage philosophy of causation.
In the extremity of the circle, the words “Post hoc autem judicium statutum est omnibus hominibus semel mori.”
Post hoc ergo propter hoc may not always be safe logic, but here I seemed to perceive a natural connection of cause and effect.
Post hoc ergo propter hoc is the phrase which sums this up: After this, therefore because of this.
But faith and enthusiasm did not compensate for the post hoc propter hoc attitude.
It makes all the difference whether any given event is a case of propter hoc or post hoc.
For the credit of this species, therefore, we were fortunately able to distinguish the post hoc from the propter hoc.