Hume’s Defence of Causal Inference [Book Review]

Hume Studies 26 (2):350-353 (2000)
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Abstract

The aim of Fred Wilson’s detailed treatment of Hume’s theory of causal inference is to show that although Hume posed a skeptical challenge concerning the justification of beliefs through causal inference, Hume also presents a solution to that challenge, a solution that includes a justification of causal inference. Wilson’s Hume is not a skeptic, but rather a vindicator of the norms of scientific inquiry. This study is wide-ranging, both in terms of the texts Wilson interprets and the connections he draws to the views of other philosophers, both modern and contemporary.

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Saul Traiger
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