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Can there be necessary connections between successive events?

Maxwell, N; (1968) Can there be necessary connections between successive events? The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science , 19 (1) 1 - 25. 10.1093/bjps/19.1.1. Green open access

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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 say something about the implications of rejecting Hume's contention.

Type: Article
Title: Can there be necessary connections between successive events?
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/bjps/19.1.1
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/19.1.1
Language: English
Additional information: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Maxwell, N (1968) Can there be necessary connections between successive events? The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science , 19 (1) 1 – 25 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjps/19.1.1
Keywords: necessary connections, causation, David Hume, necessitating properties, dispositional properties, essentialistic physics, refutation of Hume
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1348841
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