The Great Connexion: Hume's Metaphysical Logic of Belief-Constructed Causation

Animus 3:89-124 (1998)

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This paper argues that, as original causation a priori, the impression-idea relation in Hume mediates the otherwise indeterminate relation between Custom and belief-causation as itself thought to arise from psychological association alone. In so doing, the paper argues against the scholarly reduction of Hume to an unqualified scepticism, and deals critically with both scholars who continue that reduction, and those who try on other grounds to overcome that reduction, but fail. Accordingly, the paper would establish and clarify Hume as a serious metaphysician
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