A Humean Non-Humeanism

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How should we account for the extraordinary regularity in the world? Humeans and Non-Humeans sharply disagree. According to Non-Humeans, the world behaves in an extraordinarily regular way because of certain necessary connections in nature. However, Humeans have thought that Non-Humean views are metaphysically objectionable. In particular, there are two general metaphysical principles that Humeans have found attractive that are incompatible with all existing versions of Non-Humeanism. My goal in this paper is to develop a novel version of Non-Humeanism that is consistent with (and even entails) both of these general metaphysical principles. By endorsing such a view, one can have the explanatory benefits of Non-Humeanism while at the same time avoiding two of the major metaphysical objections towards Non-Humeanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1031-1048
Number of pages18
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


  • Laws of nature
  • Modality
  • Monism
  • Persistence
  • Powers


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