[SydPhil] Notification: Michael Duncan @ Thu 10 Sep 2015 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Michael Duncan

Hume's Dictum and the Notion of Logical Entailment

In A Treatise of Human Nature David Hume says, "There is no object, which  
implies the existence of any other if we consider these objects in  
themselves, and never look beyond the ideas which we form of them" (Book I,  
Part III, Section VI). This is known as Hume's Dictum, and is often glossed  
as the claim that there are no metaphysically necessary connections between  
distinct (intrinsically typed) objects. It has been argued (by e.g., Daniel  
Stoljar and Jessica Wilson) that, taken at face value, Hume's Dictum is  
false; for there appear to be clear counterexamples to it. One such  
counterexample is a composite object and its proper parts. That a chair  
with certain properties exists, for instance, seems to entail that certain  
other objects (some chair legs, perhaps) exist. However, I will argue that  
this is a case in which appearances are misleading: there are, and can be,  
no necessary connections between distinct objects. More specifically, I  
will argue that Hume's Dictum is a conceptual truth, and that we therefore  
need to rethink the supposed counterexamples. My argument for this  
conclusion will rest on the claim that logical entailment should be  
understood in terms of containment.
When: Thu 10 Sep 2015 15:00 - 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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