Monday, December 8, 2014
Mind-Body Problem and Hume
Of course, Hume doesn't say any of that, but he does demonstrate quite nicely that even our most commonsense beliefs about causation ultimately bottom out in mystery. He shows that it's problematic to attribute causation to ordinary material objects. But of course most people do think that causation holds between material objects. The nature of causation is just deeply mysterious.
In fact, I suspect that any question regarding how an immaterial mind could cause bodily action is misguided: there could be no how to it. If it happens it just happens. If you want to see how it happens, raise your hand.