Hume's Account of Causation

J. L. Mackie

in The Cement of the Universe

Published in print September 1980 | ISBN: 9780198246428
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597954 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

 Hume's Account of Causation

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This chapter is concerned with examining Hume's analysis of causation. Mackie discusses the problems associated with Hume's two definitions of ‘cause’. Hume's argument regarding causation is set out as consisting of 15 distinct premises. Two concepts of necessity are distinguished: one that concerns the distinguishing feature between causal and non‐causal sequences, and a second that concerns the warrant for a priori inference. Mackie takes the Humean account of causation as bringing into focus the questions that he will be concerned with in the following chapters.

Keywords: a priori; causation; Hume; necessity

Chapter.  10727 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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