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The Nature of Relation

Wayne Waxman

in Kant and the Empiricists

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177398
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786176 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195177398.003.0018
 The Nature of Relation

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Hume believes that all ideas must either be copied from antecedent impressions or assembled from ideas copied from them. Where impression originals are lacking, there can be no ideas at all. The need for originating impressions is met by what is experienced in the interstices, between perceptions, whenever a transition is made from an impression to an idea. The fictions of relation, the essence of relation, the vivacity transference principle, projective illusion, and associative affects in the science of human nature are discussed.

Keywords: David Hume; relation; associationism; consciousness; vivacity; facility

Chapter.  25828 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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