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Hume, Causal Realism, and Causal Science

Abstract:

The 'New Hume' interpretation, which sees Hume as a realist about 'thick' Causal powers, has been largely motivated by his evident commitment to causal language and causal science. In this, however, it is fundamentally misguided, failing to recognise how Hume exploits his anti-realist conclusions about (upper-case) Causation precisely to support (lower-case) causal science. When critically examined, none of the standard New Humean arguments - familiar from the work of Wright, Craig, Strawson,...

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10.1093/mind/fzp095

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Journal:
MIND
Volume:
118
Issue:
471
Pages:
647-712
Publication date:
2009-07-05
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EISSN:
1460-2113
ISSN:
0026-4423
URN:
uuid:b463e8c4-aec5-40a9-9df4-df6af5a587ea
Source identifiers:
191963
Local pid:
pubs:191963
Language:
English

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