Maxwell, N (1974) Can there be necessary connections between successive events? In: Swinburne, R, (ed.) The Justification of Induction. (149 - 174). Oxford University Press: London, UK.
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The aim of this paper is to refute Hume's contention that there cannot be logically necessary connections between successive events. I intend to establish, in other words, not 'Logically necessary connections do exist between successive events', but instead the rather more modest proposition: 'It may be, it is possible, as far as we can ever know for certain, that logically necessary connections do exist between successive events.' Towards the end of the paper I shall say something about the implications of rejecting Hume's contention.
|Title:||Can there be necessary connections between successive events?|
|Keywords:||David Hume, necessary connections between events, causation, necessitating properties, dispositional properties, conjectural essentialism, presentism, time|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Science and Technology Studies|
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