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The Secret Connexion: Causation, Realism, and David Hume: Revised Edition

Galen Strawson


According to the regularity theory of causation, all there is to causation is regular succession. On this view, for A to be the cause of B is just for all things of type A to be followed by things of type B: there is absolutely nothing about A that gives rise to B or makes B happen, there is no reason in the nature of things for the regularity that we encounter, nothing ever influences anything else in any way. The standard view of David Hume is that he endorses this view and rejects the idea of causal power. The central historical claim of this book is that this is wrong. There is no evidence ... More

Keywords: Hume, sceptical realism, causal power, natural necessity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199605842
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Galen Strawson, author
University of Reading

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