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Title: Hume's Theory of Causation
Author: Coventry, Angela
Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2006
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780826486356
Volumes: 1; Pages: 192
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Hume's analysis of causation, is generally thought to be the most significant and influential single contribution to the topic. But despite the widely recognized importance of his analysis, many opposing interpretations surround his causal theory. There are some commentators who believe that his theory is a version of realism and many others who argue that it is a version of anti-realism. Angela Coventry develops a more conciliatory approach. She argues that Hume's causal theory is best understood as 'quasi-realist'--an intermediate position between realism and anti-realism. This makes sense of some seemingly contradictory passages in Hume's work and also provides an answer to a major objection which is commonly thought to devastate his causal theory.