How to be humean

Jenann Ismael

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Abstract

This chapter argues that Humean analyses do not provide content-preserving reductions and non-trivial accounts of the reference. It introduces a distinction between structure in the realm of Being and structure in the representations of Being. The chapter argues that there are good reasons not to expect content-preserving reductions of the modal to the non-modal at the level of content, or useful mappings of content-level structures into structures at the level of Being. In the rest of the chapter, the author deals with the relationship between content-level structure and structure at the level of Being. The debate between the Humean and non-Humean should be reconceived as a debate about whether non-Humean facts play a substantive role in the story of how beliefs about laws and chances are formed and used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to David Lewis
PublisherWiley
Pages188-205
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781118398593
ISBN (Print)9781118388181
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Content-level structure
  • Humean analyses
  • Realm of being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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