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The Cement of the UniverseA Study of Causation$
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J. L. Mackie

Print publication date: 1980

Print ISBN-13: 9780198246428

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198246420.001.0001

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Hume's Account of Causation

Hume's Account of Causation

(p.3) 1 Hume's Account of Causation
The Cement of the Universe

J. L. Mackie

Oxford University Press

This chapter is concerned with examining Hume's analysis of causation. Mackie discusses the problems associated with Hume's two definitions of ‘cause’. Hume's argument regarding causation is set out as consisting of 15 distinct premises. Two concepts of necessity are distinguished: one that concerns the distinguishing feature between causal and non‐causal sequences, and a second that concerns the warrant for a priori inference. Mackie takes the Humean account of causation as bringing into focus the questions that he will be concerned with in the following chapters.

Keywords:   a priori, causation, Hume, necessity

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