Perceiving Necessity

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
In many diagrams one seems to perceive necessity – one sees not only that something is so, but that it must be so. That conflicts with a certain empiricism largely taken for granted in contemporary philosophy, which believes perception is not capable of such feats. The reason for this belief is often thought well-summarized in Hume's maxim: ‘there are no necessary connections between distinct existences’. It is also thought that even if there were such necessities, perception is too passive or localized a faculty to register them. We defend the perception of necessity against such Humeanism, drawing on examples from mathematics.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2015-02-10
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
A Treatise of Human Nature.Hume, David & Lindsay, A. D.

View all 71 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Why Images Cannot Be Arguments, But Moving Ones Might.Champagne, Marc & Pietarinen, Ahti-Veikko

Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
362 ( #11,209 of 47,116 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
67 ( #10,535 of 47,116 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.