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Contemporary Metaphysics of Causation 1. Loosely, it states that all constituents of our thoughts come from experience. Hume calls the contents of the mind perceptions, which he divides into impressions and ideas.
Though Hume himself is not strict about maintaining a concise distinction between the two, we may think of impressions as having their genesis in the senses, whereas ideas are products of the intellect. Impressions, which are either of sensation or reflection memoryare more vivid than ideas.
At first glance, the Copy Principle may seem too rigid. But to proffer such examples as counter to the Copy Principle is to ignore the activities of the mind.
The mind may combine ideas by relating them in certain ways. If we have the idea of gold and the idea of a mountain, we can combine them to arrive at the idea of a golden mountain. The Copy Principle only demands that, at bottom, the simplest constituent ideas that we relate come from impressions.
This means that any complex idea can eventually be traced back to genesis constituent impressions. In the Treatise, Hume identifies two ways that the mind associates ideas, via natural relations and via philosophical relations. Natural relations have a connecting principle such that the imagination naturally leads us from one idea to another.
The three natural relations are resemblance, contiguity, and cause and effect. Of these, Hume tells us that causation is the most prevalent.
But cause and effect is also one of the philosophical relations, where the relata have no connecting principle, instead being artificially juxtaposed by the mind. Of the philosophical relations, some, such as resemblance and contrariety, can give us certitude. Cause and effect is one of the three philosophical relations that afford us less than certain knowledge, the other two being identity and situation.
But of these, causation is crucial. It alone allows us to go beyond what is immediately present to the senses and, along with perception and memory, is responsible for all our knowledge of the world.
Hume therefore recognizes cause and effect as both a philosophical relation and a natural relation, at least in the Treatise, the only work where he draws this distinction. The relation of cause and effect is pivotal in reasoning, which Hume defines as the discovery of relations between objects of comparison.
But causation itself must be a relation rather than a quality of an object, as there is no one property common to all causes or to all effects.Great and easy topics for your cause-effect paper.
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David Hume: Causation. David Hume () is one of the British Empiricists of the Early Modern period, along with John Locke and George plombier-nemours.comgh the three advocate similar empirical standards for knowledge, that is, that there are no innate ideas and that all knowledge comes from experience, Hume is known for applying this standard rigorously to causation and necessity.
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