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Perceiving Necessity

Legg, Catherine and Franklin, James (2017) Perceiving Necessity. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 98. pp. 320-343. ISSN 1468-0114

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Abstract

In many diagrams one seems to perceive necessity – one sees not only that something is so, but that it must be so. That conflicts with a certain empiricism largely taken for granted in contemporary philosophy, which believes perception is not capable of such feats. The reason for this belief is often thought well-summarized in Hume’s maxim: ‘there are no necessary connections between distinct existences’. It is also thought that even if there were such necessities, perception is too passive or localized a faculty to register them. We defend the perception of necessity against such Humeanism, drawing on examples from mathematics.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Legg, Catherinec.legg@deakin.edu.au0000-0002-0231-5415
Franklin, Jamesj.franklin@unsw.edu.au0000-0002-4603-1406
Keywords: necessity, perception, mathematics, diagrams, epistemology, Hume, abstraction, Aristotelian realism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Practice
Depositing User: Dr Catherine Legg
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2021 17:27
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2021 17:27
Item ID: 19711
Journal or Publication Title: Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1111/papq.12133
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Practice
Date: 2017
Page Range: pp. 320-343
Volume: 98
ISSN: 1468-0114
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19711

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