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Single Idea 2192

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / D. Empiricism / 1. Empiricism]

Full Idea

All reasonings concerning matters of fact seem to be founded on the relation of cause and effect. By means of that relation alone we can go beyond of our memory and senses.

Gist of Idea

All reasoning about facts is causal; nothing else goes beyond memory and senses


David Hume (Enquiry Conc Human Understanding [1748], IV.I.22)

Book Reference

Hume,David: 'Enquiries Conc. Human Understanding, Morals', ed/tr. Selby-Bigge/Nidditch [OUP 1975], p.26