Title: "ON MR. HUME'S ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN OF THE IDEA OF NECESSARY CONNECTION"

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Henry James Richter


"On Mr. Hume's Account of the Origin of the Idea of Necessary Connection"
(1797)
from Monthly Magazine

Editor's note: The author of this essay, H. Richter, is probably
Henry James Richter (1772-1857), London born painter and
philosopher. Richter was an intimate friend of William Blake and,
like Blake had both artistic and literary interests. He was
influenced by Kant, and his other writings include Daylight, a
recent Discovery in the Art of Painting, with Hints on the
Philosophy of the Fine Arts, and on that of the Human Mind, as first
dissected by Emmanuel Kant (1817). Richter's essay on Hume's
account of the origin of the idea of necessary connection was
written when he was 25 and reflects an early phase in his
philosophical development, in view of his concluding comment which
recommends the rejection of Kant. In this essay Richter argues that
neither habit, instinct, nor a renewed propensity can account for
either the idea of necessary connection or the belief. However, he
believes that there is value in tracing the origin of such ideas.

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About the print version:
Monthly Magazine
1797, Vol. 4, pp. 533-536
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To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine.

ON MR. HUME'S ACCOUNT OF THE
ORIGIN OF THE IDEA OF NECESSARY CONNECTION.


SIR,
THE principal means by which Mr. Hume proposes to "banish all that
jargon, which has so long taken possession of metaphysical
reasonings, and drawn disgrace upon them," is the following: "all
our ideas, or more feeble perceptions, are copies of our
impressions, or more lively ones." This he lays down as a general
rule, and requires those who assert that it is not universal, to
produce an instance of some idea which is to derived from any
impression. In the mean ...
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