Category Archives: Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Hume: for and against natural laws

In his Inquiry, Hume argues strongly for two claims that seem to me to be in some tension with one another. First, that induction (inferring the future from the past) has no rational foundation; the “powers” that operate in nature are … Continue reading

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Humean Newman

In one of his Grammar of Assent‘s more famous lines, Newman remarks: “As to Logic, its chain of conclusions hangs loose at both ends; both the point from which the proof should start, and the points at which it should arrive, … Continue reading

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