Hume And Kant On Cause And Effect

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Hume and Kant – On Cause and Effect Compare and discuss the concept of causation as it appears in the philosophy of David Hume and Immanuel Kant. “Der ønskes en sammenligning af Hume og Kants analyse af årsagsbegrebet.” Units: 16.548 Introduction: This assignment has the goal of explaining and relating the concept of cause and effect as found in the philosophy of Hume and Kant. Causation is a vital concept to the human understanding of reality. Whether we will it or not it is as good as impossible to imagine the world without some notion of cause and effect. It is therefore not surprising that the grounding for this notion has been the subject of heavy debate. Taking central stage in the history of this debate are Hume and Kant and their examinations of the concept have been very influential. I will attempt to show how they unfold their different conceptions of cause and effect and how the two compare to each other. A note on Terminology: While Hume and Kant discuss more or less the same subject matter they do as most philosophers, discuss it in their own (or that most native to them) terminology. For sake of clarity I shall utilise the concepts of each in their respective sections. In the comparison and conclusion I shall continue this distinction and use the terminology of each. Hume: The Naturalistic Approach and the Problem of Induction Living and working in the years 1711-1776 David Hume was born into a climate of reason, the Age of the Enlightenment. As a man who has been called a genius by both his contemporaries and his after-comers, Hume excelled as a philosopher and as an agent of the ideals that ruled his time. Inspired by other such luminaries as Newton, Boyle, Locke and Hobbes, Hume sought to renew philosophy into a form more fitted to an age of reason and scientific enquiry. In his foundational
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