Hume, Causation, and Agency

The European Legacy 18 (4):414-419 (2013)

Hume inherits the spectator model of experience and knowledge, and inflates it to displace any other kind of experience-based knowledge. Thus he construes our knowledge of causation as no more than an observer?s knowledge of one thing?s following on, or attending, another. Construing causation in that way, he rules out consideration of our experience as agents and our knowledge of causation as efficacy, or making things happen. Yet if we did not understand causation as efficacy, we could not understand what it is that Hume says we cannot understand; we could not appreciate its proposed replacement by his one-thing?s-attending-on-another account of causation; we could not see that his proposed one-thing?s-attending-on-another account of causation is not an account of causation. Hume?s ultimate aim appears to be the exclusion of agency from the world, whether the agent is personal, material, or divine
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/10848770.2013.791438
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 42,330
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles


Added to PP index

Total views
25 ( #334,979 of 2,254,404 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #1,009,469 of 2,254,404 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes

Sign in to use this feature