Discussionpost- Hume’s thought on causation

DavidHume thinks that causation is a steady sequence of events, that is,one thing habitually succeeding another. He suggests that what peopleassume is grounded on their habit as opposed to their reasoning.Experience teaches that continual occurrence of events togetherimplies their linkage. Therefore, all meaningful concepts must becondensed to their simple impressions to be meaningful. He alsoclaimed that animals and human beings had related methods andcapacities for reasoning. He refuted the existence of rationalvalidation for the belief in miracles, metaphysical, and religiousphilosophy (Mounce,2013).Claiming that God causes things to happen gives no understanding ofthe nature of the connection or power. Thus, it is factual toconclude that Hume totally secularized the idea of causality.

Hume’sview pertaining scientific certainty enhanced clarity in theknowledge of the causal association between things. The WaveStructure of Matter and Metaphysics of Motion and Space elucidate thefundamental connection of matter, that is, cause and effect. Thisemanates from the interconnectedness of the Spherical waves withother matter in space. Hume’s thought enables human beings toconclude the reality concerning matter, and its relations, as thebasis for defining the truth on how to live wisely on earth as afragment of the universe. Hume’s view also enables Physics toexplain many occurrences with mathematical accuracy. Knowledge of aparticular connection helps in accurate prediction of events withoutinduction from recurring observations. Thus, it helps assume that thefuture is similar to the past. A change in velocity of the wavescauses a force to occur (Mounce,2013).Consequently, the future position of where the waves will also meetchanges. This is an explanation of Newton`sLaw of Inertia, where, mass multiplied by acceleration leads toforce. It depends on Hume`s cause and effect relationship.

Iagree with Hume concerning causation. This is because people likesimplified narrations and the application of the cause and effectrelationship relieves them of the burden of longcontemplations. For example, in the event a fruit drops from a tree,the cause will be gravity. This will help people achieve mentalshortcuts. To enhance Hume’sthought, people should avoid correlation errors, oversimplifications,and misapplied data to handle complex systems properly. Consequently,the shortcuts will not mislead them.


Mounce,H. (2013). Hume`s naturalism. London: Routledge.

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Iappreciate your harsh view of Hume for challenging previously setideasby disregarding those without corresponding impression. However, Istrongly support him for his boldness in handling many philosophicalsubjects. He confidently dismissed the usual explanations ofcausality as being depended on thinking, and not on the causalforces. He supported that human reasoning is contradictory.Therefore, only natural beliefs are helpful in navigating throughlife. This is significant for leading a simple natural life ratherthan focusing on complex thinking(Noonan,2015).Your disagreement that Hume’s causal principle is only believed bythose out of habit can be termed as a falsehood. This is because mostscientific conclusions are made using the cause and effectrelationship and not all scientists act out of habit. Research isusually conducted without an outcome in mind, yet the effect remainsconstant.


Noonan,H. (2015). Routledge philosophy guidebook to Hume on Knowledge(9th Ed.). London: Routledge.

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Youracceptance of Hume’s idea of cause and effect is valued. Just likeyou have put it, nothing occurs without leaving an impact. In ourlives, we must assume the cause and effect relationship even thoughnotentirely reliable. Hume embraces that the belief in causality isembedded in people’s biological habits(Bailey&amp O`Brien, 2012).However, Hume believes in causality but does not acknowledge God’spart in it.


Bailey,A. &amp O`Brien, D. (2012). The Continuum Companion to Hume.New York: Continuum International Pub.