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Some Humean Doctrine About Relations

Jonathan Bennett

in Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 2

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780198250920
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597060 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250924.003.0014

Series: Learning from Six Philosophers (2 Volumes)

 Some Humean Doctrine About Relations

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Within the genus of (philosophical) relations, Hume distinguishes a species of ‘natural’ relations: resemblance, contiguity in time and place, and causation. His doctrine of the association of ideas involves causation: an idea will be apt to cause the mind to have another idea that relates in a certain way to the first idea. Complexities within this doctrine are teased apart. Hume's extremely strange section entitled ‘Knowledge’, in which he theorizes about seven kinds of relations, is explained.

Keywords: association; Hume; idea; relations

Chapter.  6024 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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