Hume on the Laws of Dynamics: The Tacit Assumption of Mechanism

Hume Studies 42 (1-2):113-136 (2016)
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Abstract

I shall argue that when Hume refers to the laws of dynamics, he tacitly assumes a mechanism. Nevertheless, he remains agnostic on whether the hidden micro-constitution of bodies is machinelike. Hence this article comes to the following conclusion. Hume is not a full-blown mechanical philosopher. Still his position on dynamic laws and his concept of causation instantiate a tacitly mechanical understanding of the interactions of bodies.

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Matias Kimi Slavov
Tampere University

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