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Single Idea 8544

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / C. Capacities of Minds / 7. Seeing Resemblance]

Full Idea

Hume regarded the notion of resemblance as unproblematic, ..but any two objects share infinitely many Cambridge (whimsical relational) properties, and resemble in infinite ways. He needs real resemblance, which needs degrees of resemblance.

Gist of Idea

Hume does not distinguish real resemblances among degrees of resemblance


comment on David Hume (Enquiry Conc Human Understanding [1748], V.II.41) by Sydney Shoemaker - Causality and Properties 2

Book Reference

'Properties', ed/tr. Mellor,D.H. /Oliver,A [OUP 1997], p.231

A Reaction

[compressed] See Idea 191. We forgive Hume, because he is a pioneer, but this is obviously right. Draw a line between 'real' resemblances and rest will be tricky, and bad news for regularity accounts of laws and causation.

Related Idea

Idea 191 Everything resembles everything else up to a point [Plato]