LECTURE VIII
UNIFORMITY AND CAUSATION

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IN my last lecture but one I dwelt upon the interplay of causes and reasons in one special case--the case of our immediate experiences of the external world, the world in which we move, the world investigated by the physical sciences. No case can indeed be more important; for these immediate experiences are deemed by every man to be his guide through all the hours of his waking life, and by every man of science to supply the evidence on which depends all our knowledge of natural laws.

Yet this very statement suggests the existence of another series of problems not less important and not less closely connected with my general argument. For, how do we get from particular experiences to general laws-- from beliefs about individual occurrences to beliefs about the ordering of the universe? These beliefs, looked at from the scientific

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