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Jonathan Bennett

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198250924.001.0001

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Some Humean Doctrine About Relations

Some Humean Doctrine About Relations

(p.234) Chapter 34 Some Humean Doctrine About Relations
Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 2

Jonathan Bennett

Oxford University Press

Within the genus of (philosophical) relations, Hume distinguishes a species of ‘natural’ relations: resemblance, contiguity in time and place, and causation. His doctrine of the association of ideas involves causation: an idea will be apt to cause the mind to have another idea that relates in a certain way to the first idea. Complexities within this doctrine are teased apart. Hume's extremely strange section entitled ‘Knowledge’, in which he theorizes about seven kinds of relations, is explained.

Keywords:   association, Hume, idea, relations

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