In Angela Coventry & Alexander Sager (eds.), The Humean Mind. Routledge (2018)

Miren Boehm
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
The last few decades have witnessed intense debates in Hume scholarship concerning Hume’s account of causation. At the core of the “old–new Hume” debate is the question of whether causation for Hume is more than mere regularity, in particular, whether Hume countenances necessary connections in mind-independent nature. This chapter assesses this debate against the background of Hume’s “foundational project” in the Treatise. The question of the role and import of Hume’s account of the idea of cause is examined and compared with Hume’s treatment of other ideas.
Keywords Causation  Foundational Project  New Hume  Realism  Regularity theory
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