Sense, Reason and Causality in Hume and Kant

Société Française de Philosophie, Bulletin 81 (1):57 (1990)
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It is argued that Hume has two notions of causation, one psychological and the other philosophical. Kant's criticism of Hume overlooks the fact that Hume's scepticism is directed only at the latter. At the psychological level, Hume could have accepted Kant's argument without abandoning his own account of causation. The real difference between Hume and Kant is that Hume is not and Kant is concerned with the conditions for the possibility of sense experience. Hume is concerned only with the philosophical inferences we can draw, having experienced the world in a certain way



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