Causality and the Supposed Counterfactual Conditional in Hume's Enquiry

Analysis 46 (3):131 - 133 (1986)
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Hume's "other words" which follow his first definition of causality in the "enquiry" are standardly read as giving us a counterfactual conditional. I argue that a more accurate reading reveals them to constitute a factual conditional, One reflecting a temporal restriction implicit in the first definition. The other words, So understood, Tell us merely that a component of the relation defined in the first definition is symmetrical



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Anne Jacobson
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The cement of the universe.John Leslie Mackie - 1974 - Oxford,: Clarendon Press.
Humean counterfactuals.Martin Bunzl - 1982 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 20 (2):171-177.

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