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A Place for ConsciousnessProbing the Deep Structure of the Natural World$
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Gregg H. Rosenberg

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168143.001.0001

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Against Hume

Against Hume

(p.129) 8 Against Hume
A Place for Consciousness

Gregg Rosenberg

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After a thorough discussion on consciousness on the previous pages, the author shifts to discussing causation in this chapter. In Hume's view, the evolution of the universe is objectively unconstrained, and one's causal stories are interpretative projections of the mind, thus, nonphysical mental events would have just as much right to claim causal responsibility for one's action as physical events due to the regularities that hold between the mental and the physical. In this chapter, however, the author rejects this view and aims to make the scope of the theoretical problems surrounding causation urgently felt. In addition, the causal connections between distinct individuals and events are explored.

Keywords:   causation, Hume, nonphysical mental events, causal responsibility

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