chapter  4
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It is important to note that Hume proposes to consider the idea of causation, not causation itself. In other words, he proposes to analyse how causation appears to us, what we know about it, rather than to reveal hitherto unknown facts about its ultimate nature. He will practise what used to be called conceptual analysis. Thus his aim is to consider an instance of causality, such as one billiard ball’s moving another, in order to determine the features on which the application of the concept is based.