Was Hume a Proper Functionalist?
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2007
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Volume 72, Issue 1, pages 120–136, January 2006
How to Cite
Meeker, K. (2006), Was Hume a Proper Functionalist?. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 72: 120–136. doi: 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2006.tb00493.x
- Issue published online: 29 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2007
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Nicholas Wolterstorff has claimed that David Hume hinted at a proper functionalist account that anticipates the epistemology of Alvin Plantinga. In this paper, I shall argue that we should refrain from attributing a proper functionalist epistemology to Hume. I shall first raise doubts as to how one could fit a notion of proper functioning into Hume's descriptive project. Next, I shall argue that adopting a proper functionalist epistemology would undermine some of Hume's most famous claims about causal inferences.