Single Idea 8338

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

Full Idea

If you are a phenomenalist about objects, then there is an important sense in which you ought to be a Regularity theorist about what causation is, in such objects.

Gist of Idea

A phenomenalist about objects has to be a regularity theorist about causation


Galen Strawson (The Secret Connexion [1989], App C)

Book Reference

Strawson,Galen: 'The Secret Connexion' [OUP 1992], p.276

A Reaction

Strawson is denying that Hume is a phenomenalist. One might go a little further, and say that a phenomenalist should abandon the idea of causation (as Russell did).