Friday, November 06, 2009

(A&P) Hume on "Necessary Connection"

Here's a brief sample of David Hume's skeptical approach to causality:

"All events seem entirely loose and separate. One event follows another; but we never can observe any tie between them. They seem conjoined but never connected. And as we can have no idea of anything, which never appears to our outward sense or inward sentiment, the necessary conclusion seems to be, that we have no idea of connexion or power at all, and that these words are absolutely without any meaning, when employed either in philosophical reasoning, or in private life."

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