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Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy$
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P. J. E. Kail

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229505

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229505.001.0001

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‘Our Profound Ignorance’: Causal Realism and the Failure to Detect Necessity

‘Our Profound Ignorance’: Causal Realism and the Failure to Detect Necessity

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(p.77) 4 ‘Our Profound Ignorance’: Causal Realism and the Failure to Detect Necessity
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Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229505.003.0004

If projection works against a contrast with detection, why cannot we detect necessity? This chapter examines Hume's reasons for denying that we can have an idea of necessary connexion in order to show both its sophistication and its compatibility with the supposition of genuine undetectable powers. It argues that Hume exploits a conception of what it would be to have an impression of power (the Bare Thought) that allows us to evade the key objection to realism.

Keywords:   meaning, essence, power, necessity

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