Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Hume's conception of time and its implications for his theories of causation and induction
by Esposito, Daniel, Ph.D., Marquette University, 2010, 238; 3412102
Abstract (Summary)

I begin the dissertation by elucidating Hume’s conception of time as a compound abstract idea and explain why Hume believes time must be discrete and atomistic. I then explore the ways in which Hume’s theory of causation rests upon this atomistic conception of time, and place special emphasis on Hume’s argument that all causes qua causes must precede their effects in time. I claim that this argument is inconsistent with Hume’s critique of the causal maxim, a principle which states that whatever begins to exist must have a cause. After exposing and examining this inconsistency, I investigate the degree to which Hume’s account of the process of induction also depends upon his discrete, discontinuous conception of time. I end the dissertation by summarizing what I accomplished in earlier chapters, and by discussing potential areas for future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Starr, William
Commitee: Adams, Noel, Crockett, Timothy, Starr, William, Wreen, Michael
School: Marquette University
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- Wisconsin
Source: DAI-A 71/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy
Keywords: Causation, Hume, David, Induction, Time
Publication Number: 3412102
ISBN: 978-1-124-09301-7
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