The Secret Connexion: Causation, Realism, and David Hume

Paperback | April 9, 2014

byGalen Strawson

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In this revised and updated edition of The Secret Connexion, Galen Strawson explores one of the most discussed subjects in all philosophy: David Hume's work on causation. Strawson challenges the standard view of Hume, according to which he thinks that there is no such thing as causalinfluence, and that there is nothing more to causation than things of one kind regularly following things things of another kind. He argues that Hume does believe in causal influence, but insists that we cannot know its nature. The regularity theory of causation is indefensible, and Hume neveradopted it in any case.

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In this revised and updated edition of The Secret Connexion, Galen Strawson explores one of the most discussed subjects in all philosophy: David Hume's work on causation. Strawson challenges the standard view of Hume, according to which he thinks that there is no such thing as causalinfluence, and that there is nothing more to causatio...

Galen Strawson is Professor of Philosophy at Reading University, UK, and the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that he was Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Jesus College, Oxford (1987-2000). From 2004 to 2007 he was also Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center in New York. He has held visiting positions ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:April 9, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part 1: Meaning, Scepticism, and RealityPart 2: Causation in the TreatisePart 3: Causation in the First EnquiryPart 4: Reason, Reality, and RegularityReferencesIndex

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