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Kant and the EmpiricistsUnderstanding Understanding$
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Wayne Waxman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177398

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195177398.001.0001

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Reasoning Reasonably

Reasoning Reasonably

(p.536) 19 Reasoning Reasonably
Kant and the Empiricists

Wayne Waxman

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Hume’s theory of empirical reason, and the difference between its rational and its irrational exercise (reasoning reasonably and unreasonably). The theory has five structural levels: (1) reasoning from one matter of fact or real existence to another takes the form of an inference from an impression to an idea; (2) necessary connections between cause and effect; (3) past experience and our remembrance of the constant junction of distinct, successive, contiguous objects; (4) our belief in the uniformity of nature; and (5) customary association. The role of customary association in regulating empirical rationality, first species probable reasoning, and contrariety are discussed.

Keywords:   David Hume, empirical reason, reasoning, association, rationality, contrariety

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