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Can there be necessary connections between successive events?

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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Abstract

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.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Can there be necessary connections between successive events?
ISBN: 0198750293
Publisher version: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/
Language: English
Keywords: David Hume, necessary connections between events, causation, necessitating properties, dispositional properties, conjectural essentialism, presentism, time
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1344147
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