Chapter

Against Hume

Gregg Rosenberg

in A Place for Consciousness

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168143
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850075 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168143.003.0008

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

Against Hume

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After a thorough discussion on consciousness on the previous pages, the author shifts to discussing causation in this chapter. In Hume's view, the evolution of the universe is objectively unconstrained, and one's causal stories are interpretative projections of the mind, thus, nonphysical mental events would have just as much right to claim causal responsibility for one's action as physical events due to the regularities that hold between the mental and the physical. In this chapter, however, the author rejects this view and aims to make the scope of the theoretical problems surrounding causation urgently felt. In addition, the causal connections between distinct individuals and events are explored.

Keywords: causation; Hume; nonphysical mental events; causal responsibility

Chapter.  5584 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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