The Secret Connexion: Causation, Realism, and David Hume

Oxford University Press (1989)
Authors
Galen Strawson
University of Texas at Austin
Abstract
It is widely supposed that David Hume invented and espoused the "regularity" theory of causation, holding that causal relations are nothing but a matter of one type of thing being regularly followed by another. It is also widely supposed that he was not only right about this, but that it was one of his greatest contributions to philosophy. Strawson here argues that the regularity theory of causation is indefensible, and that Hume never adopted it in any case. Strawson maintains that Hume did not claim that causation in the natural world is just a matter of regular succession, that such a dogmatic metaphysical claim about the nature of reality would have been utterly contrary to his fundamental philosophical principles, and that he rightly took it for granted that there was more to causation than regularity of succession, claiming only that regularity of succession was all that we could ever know of causation.
Keywords Causation History
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book $43.28 direct from Amazon (14% off)   $48.46 used (31% off)   $360.89 new    Amazon page
Call number B1498.S84 1989
ISBN(s) 0198248539
Options
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: 35,898
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

Induction and Inference to the Best Explanation.Ruth Weintraub - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 166 (1):203-216.
Presentism and the Myth of Passage.Lisa Leininger - 2015 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (4):724-739.
Laws and Lawlessness.Stephen Mumford - 2005 - Synthese 144 (3):397-413.

View all 28 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Deterministic Causation.Wolfgang Spohn - 2001 - In Wolfgang Spohn, Marion Ledwig & Michael Esfeld (eds.), Current Issues in Causation. Mentis. pp. 21-46.
Double Prevention and Powers.Stephen Mumford & Rani Lill Anjum - 2009 - Journal of Critical Realism 8 (3):277-293.
A Partial Theory of Actual Causation.Brad Weslake - 2015 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
Seeing Causing.Helen Beebee - 2003 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 103 (3):257-280.
Did Hume Hold a Regularity Theory of Causation?Justin Broackes - 1993 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 1 (1):99 – 114.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total downloads
157 ( #38,322 of 2,293,848 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
10 ( #48,736 of 2,293,848 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature