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Hume ’ s Analysis of Causality : Its Limitations and Implications

  title={Hume ’ s Analysis of Causality : Its Limitations and Implications},
  author={Shan Gao},
We give a brief introduction of Hume’s epistemology and his penetrating analysis of causality. It is pointed out that there are some flaws in his epistemology and his theory of causation. Alternative theories of causation are then briefly introduced. Partly inspired by Hume’s analysis of necessary connexion, we present a new argument of causation. We argue that Hume’s removing necessary connexion from causality can help to provide a promising way to unify the law of causality and indeterminism… 


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