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Hi guys, I just wondered has anyone on here ever studied Hume's view's on causality. I have to study it for my philosophy exam and am really struggling with the concept of it. My notes are really complicated. Does anyone have a more simple explanation? Would really appreciate any help, thanks everyone
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Not sure what spec your doing etc, but from memory I can say 3 of his criticisms to the arguments from causation

1) Causal principle
To say "everything has a cause"
-- This is not analytic nor do we know this by experience, therefore it is not certain and we can deny it without contradicting ourselves.
---We also have no experience of beginnings of things such as the universe

2) Is an infinite regress really impossible?
"there cannot be an infinite regress"
- This is also not an analytic truth nor do we have the experience to know this.
--We can conceive of something existing forever, therefore an infinite regress may be possible --- Therefore, is a first cause really necessary?

3) Is the first cause really God?
The arguments from causation don't defend well the claim that God is really the first cause.

We cannot infer God is the first cause because God's existence is not an analytic truth and we also don't know it by experience
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