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Hume's Considered View on Causality

Archie, Lee (2005) Hume's Considered View on Causality. [Preprint]


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Hume presents two definitions of cause in his \textit{Enquiry} which correspond to his two definitions in his \textit{Treatise}. The first of the definitions is ontological and the second is psychological; indeed, the definitions are extensionally and intensionally distinct. The critical mistake of the skeptical interpretation is the assumption that the two definitions are equivalent, and the critical mistake of the necessitarian is the assumption an association of ideas can be had from one experiment. This paper attempts to clarify Hume's finally considered position of causality.

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Item Type: Preprint
Archie, Lee
Keywords: Hume, causality, regularity theory
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Causation
Depositing User: Lee Archie
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2005
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2247

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