The Synthetic Relation in Hume

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Here we will see that contrary to the party line, Hume’s notion of a relation should be understood, in all cases, as a peculiar non-necessary synthetic relation; unique, but similar in a certain constructive sense to what I characterize as a mathematical notion of synthesis. And, most controversially, I argue that this non-necessary synthetic notion of a relation includes Hume’s arithmetical relations, which have typically been interpreted as either “analytic,” necessary, or both. In this general respect, Hume anticipates Quine’s attack on the analytic/synthetic distinction.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Upload history
First archival date: 2019-10-10
Latest version: 2 (2019-10-10)
View other versions
Added to PP index

Total views
47 ( #56,094 of 2,449,138 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #59,439 of 2,449,138 )

How can I increase my downloads?

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