Causality and the Supposed Counterfactual Conditional in Hume's Enquiry

Analysis 46 (3):131 - 133 (1986)
Hume's "other words" which follow his first definition of causality in the "enquiry" are standardly read as giving us a counterfactual conditional. I argue that a more accurate reading reveals them to constitute a factual conditional, One reflecting a temporal restriction implicit in the first definition. The other words, So understood, Tell us merely that a component of the relation defined in the first definition is symmetrical
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DOI 10.1093/analys/46.3.131
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