Belief in Causality: The Origin of the Idea of Necessity

  • Norman Kemp Smith


WE must now return upon our steps. We have not yet considered in sufficient detail an all-important stage in Hume’s main argument,1 namely, his account of the origin of the impression of causal connexion, and of the role which it plays in mediating belief. This is the question which Hume has been keeping in reserve throughout all the preceding discussion, and which first comes up for treatment in Section 14, Of the idea of necessary connexion.


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© Norman Kemp Smith 1941

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman Kemp Smith
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  1. 1.University of EdinburghUK

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