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George Molnar and Stephen Mumford

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204175

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204175.001.0001

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(p.111) 7 Objectivity

George Molnar

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This chapter discusses objectivity by using a necessary element called ‘necessary connection’. It explains that the issue is not just of powers but also of laws of nature and the causal relation itself. It defines the word ‘objective’ as mind-independence and gives details on the existence of things by suggesting mind-dependent and mind-independent objects. The chapter details the nature of anthropocentrism in the analysis of powers using Hume's anti-objectivism and his argument against strong connections. In the end, the chapter states that empirico-deductivism is a bus that does not stop before reaching its destination in subjective idealism.

Keywords:   objectivity, Hume, necessary connection, causal relation, subjective idealism, anthropocentrism

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