On the Inadmissibility of Some Historical Information

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I argue—from a Humean perspective—for the falsity of what I call the “Admissibility of Historical Information Thesis” (AHIT). According to the AHIT, propositions that describe past events are always admissible with respect to propositions that describe future events. I first demonstrate that this thesis has some counter-intuitive implications and argue that a Humean can explain the intuitive attractiveness of the AHIT by arguing that it results from a wrong understanding of the concept of chance. I then demonstrate how a Humean “best system” analysis of chance predicts the existence of inadmissible historical information and discuss the implications of this conclusion to the debate between Humeans and non-Humeans.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)479-493
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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