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Hume's Impression of Succession (Time)

  • Jon Charles Miller (a1)

In this article I argue that Hume's empiricism allows for time to exist as a real distinct impression of succession, not, as many claim, merely as a nominal abstract idea. In the first part of this article I show how for Hume it is succession and not duration that constitutes time, and, further, that only duration is fictional. In the second part, I show that according to the way Hume describes the functions of the memory and imagination, it is possible to explain how we are able to perceive a distinct impression of succession.

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Robert McRae , “The Import of Hume's Theory of Time,” Hume Studies, 6, 2 (111980): 119–32, p. 122.

Oliver Johnson , “Time and the Idea of Time,” Hume Studies, 15, 1 (041989): 205–19, p. 213.

Janet Broughton , “Impressions and Ideas,” in The Blackwell Guide to Hume's Treatise, edited by Saul Traiger (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 4358, p. 53.

Wayne Waxman , Hume's Theory of Consciousness (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 203204.

Donald Baxter , “Hume on Steadfast Objects and Time,” Hume Studies, 27, 1 (042001): 129–48

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
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