Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Philosophy and University Honors



First Advisor

Dr. Angela Coventry


This purpose of this thesis is to empirically verify Hume’s theory of our epistemic knowledge of causality in contemporary models of habituation in neuroscience. By using contemporary habituation as supplementary evidence to Hume’s theory I hope to demonstrate how this verification strengthens his argument, which is particularly important considering Hume’s empiricist roots. To accomplish this, I will investigate the Early Modern science used to inform Hume’s theory, explicate Hume’s theory, and then relate it to studies of the amygdala, hippocampus and the peripheral nervous system in cognitive neuroscience. Drawing interdisciplinary connections across theories in philosophy and the empirical sciences can give us the most plausible, accurate and holistic explanation in answering some of life’s biggest questions.