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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the philosophy of David Hume (1711–1776).
  • n. An adherent or advocate of Humean doctrines.


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Hume (“David Hume”) +‎ -an


  • Rather, as Hume might put it (in Humean terminology, not Humean design theory), there is a constant conjunction between our experience of code or machine like structures and an inference to the existence of a particular cause of the structure: an intelligent coder or intelligent machine engineer.

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  • Identity becomes, in Humean terms, "an aggregate of characteristics, each of which was understood in commodity terms" (Henderson 227).

    Reading Machines

  • Theories of practical reasoning which identify reasons for action solely with desires and beliefs so characterized ” so-called Humean theories ” are directed towards choosing actions, yet incompatible with actions being chosen.

    Practical Reason and the Structure of Actions

  • The basis for this conclusion seems to be a word salad of Calvinist total depravity mixed with Cartesian and Humean skepticism.

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  • This Humean view does not serve the natural sciences well, and it certainly does not help us when it comes to social causation.

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  • Contemporary attackers of the claims to the miraculous suggest a new twist to the Humean problem.

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  • In this respect, Flew's argument appears to take on a Humean flavor by making a special methodology already suited for the non-believer in miracles.

    [christianity] is fair discussion possible [1]

  • McDowell also here departs from the standard interpretation of the Humean theory of how action is motivated.

    Backing Into an Evidentiary Standard for ID

  • So while the Humean thesis may be a truth about explanation it is not true about the structure of justification and it ought to be replaced by Nagel's motivated desire theory as set out in his The Possibility of Altruism (Oxford University Press, 1970).

    Backing Into an Evidentiary Standard for ID

  • For example, we cannot understand the desire, as a Humean original existence, without relating it back to the circumstances that impinged on the agent and made her feel compelled to act.

    Backing Into an Evidentiary Standard for ID


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