A humean conundrum

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Abstract

Hume's Copy Principle, which accords precedence to impressions over ideas, is restricted to simple perceptions. Yet in all the conceptual analyses Hume conducts by attempting to fit an impression to a (putative) idea, he never checks for simplicity. And this seems to vitiate the analyses: we cannot conclude from the lack of a preceding impression that a putative idea is bogus, unless it is simple. In this paper I criticise several attempts to account for Hume's seemingly cavalier attitude, and offer one of my own.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-224
Number of pages14
JournalHume Studies
Volume31
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2005

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