HUME AND THE PHYSICISTS

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Transliteration of original Title: 
Jum i fiziki
Author(s): 
Rom Harre
Georgetown University
Issue number: 
No. 2 (Vol. 32)
Pages: 
16-33
Abstract: 

The author highlights certain features of the writings of David Hume on causal necessity and causal powers in the light of the leading concepts of the science of his time. This approach contrasts with the recent extensive literature on Hume’s philosophy in which the local scientific background to his two great works, the Treatise and the Enquiry is almost completely ignored. It is argued that we cannot really understand the depths of Hume’s account of causality without attending to the historical circumstances in which he came to formulate it. In particular we need to understand the explicit and implicit causal concepts in the writings of his contemporaries, whose works he must surely either have known or have known.

Keywords: 
Hume, causality, power, physics
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