How to be humean

Jenann Ismael

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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
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781118398593
ISBN (Print)9781118388181
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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