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Hume on Causation : Problems of Philosophy - Helen Beebee

Hume on Causation

Problems of Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2006
ISBN: 9780415243391
Number Of Pages: 240

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Hume is traditionally credited with inventing the a regularity theorya (TM) of causation, according to which the causal relation between two events consists merely in the fact that events of the first kind are always followed by events of the second kind.

Hume is also traditionally credited with two other, hugely influential positions: the view that the world appears to us as a world of unconnected events, and inductive scepticism: the view that the a problem of inductiona (TM), the problem of providing a justification for inference from observed to unobserved regularities, is insoluble.

Hume on Causation is the first major work dedicated to Humea (TM)s views on causation in over fifteen years, and it argues that Hume does not subscribe to any of these three views. It places Humea (TM)s interest in causation within the context of his theory of the mind and his theory of causal reasoning, arguing that Humea (TM)s conception of causation derives from his conception of the nature of the inference from causes to effects.

'This is a sophisticated and sustained discussion of Hume on causal reasoning and the idea of necessary connection ! The various issues and authors are always handled with skill, and the main interpretations of Hume's meaning are treated intelligently and fairly.' Stephen Buckle, Australian Catholic University

Acknowledgements
Reference Notes
Introduction
Hume's targets
Three concerns: Genetic, Epistemological and Semantic
The Interpretative Options
Overview of the Book
A Priori Reasoning and the Genesis of Knowledge
Impressions, Ideas and Relations
Intuition and Demonstration
Demonstration and the Genesis of Knowledge
Demonstration and Deduction
Reasoning Concerning Matters of Fact and Existence
Causal Reasoning and the Genesis of Belief
The Traditional Problem of Induction
Is the Problem of Induction Hume's Problem?
The Explanation of Belief in Matters of Fact
Reasoning Without the Aid of Experience
The Uniformity Principle
Causal Reasoning and Secret Powers
Hume's Positive Account of Causal Reasoning
Causal Reasoning and Inductive Inference
What Justifies Causal Reasoning?
The idea of necessary connection
What is Hume looking for? Single instances of causes and effects
Locating the source: the transition of the mind
Necessary connection and causal experience
Is necessary connection all in the mind?
The two definitions
Causation as a natural and philosophical relation
Conclusion
The traditional interpretation
Conceptual empiricism and projection
Necessary connections and unknown qualities
Different versions of the traditional interpretation
The two definitions again
Constant conjunction and contiguity: a priori truths or empirical discoveries?
The problem of accidental regularities
Conclusion
Projectivism
Projection and projectivism
Causal, ethical and aesthetic projectivism
Causation and inference
Causal and accidental egularities again
What does the idea of necessary connection add?
Sceptical realism
Ideas, representation, and the external world
Real powers in Hume's discussion of causal reasoning
Real powers in Hume's discussion of the idea of necessary connection
Varieties of sceptical realism
Belief in real powers
The cosmic luck argument
Varieties of sceptical realism again
Which interpretation is right?
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780415243391
ISBN-10: 0415243394
Series: Problems of Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st June 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1