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Single Idea 15250

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 9. General Causation / a. Constant conjunction]

Full Idea

Hume confuses 'repetition of impressions' with 'impression of repetitions of impressions'. ...In order of 'force and vivacity' we have: impressions, memories, ideas. This omits the vital fact that memory is memory; the notion of repetition is lost.

Gist of Idea

If impressions, memories and ideas only differ in vivacity, nothing says it is memory, or repetition


Alfred North Whitehead (Process and Reality [1929], V.II)

Book Reference

Whitehead,A.N.: 'Process and Reality' [Free Press 1985], p.135

A Reaction

[compressed; Harré and Madden spotted this idea] This seems to pinpoint rather nicely the hopeless thinness of Hume's account. He is so desperate to get it down to minimal empirical experience that his explanations are too thin. One big idea....