David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
In Anne Jaap Jacobson (ed.), Feminist Interpretations of David Hume. Penn State UP (2000)
In "Of Scepticism with Regard to the Senses" (Treatise I.IV.II) David Hume begins by saying that he will attempt to trace the causes of our belief in a mind-independent world, "a belief we must take for granted in all our reasonings". Yet the causes arrived at – namely natural inclination or imagination - are presented as so untrustworthy as to cast doubt on the credibility of the inescapable belief itself. However, in the Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding Hume presents a radically different evaluation of natural inclination, in which Nature is seen as a trustworthy, guiding Supreme Mother. I attempt to explain why Nature earns a disparaging evaluation within "Scepticism," and the significance of these metaphors to different versions of his argument.
|Keywords||hume nature metaphor imagination rhetoric|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Jennifer Smalligan Marušić (2010). Does Hume Hold a Dispositional Account of Belief? Canadian Journal of Philosophy 40 (2):155-183.
Wayne Waxman (1994). Hume's Theory of Consciousness. Cambridge University Press.
Dennis Farrell Thompson (1998). Hume's Skepticism. Dissertation, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Jerry A. Fodor (2003). Hume Variations. Oxford University Press.
Colin Heydt (2010). The Riddle of Hume's Treatise :Skepticism, Naturalism, and Irreligion (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (3):401-402.
Robert J. Fogelin (2009). Hume's Skeptical Crisis: A Textual Study. Oxford University Press.
Sean Greenberg (2008). 'Naturalism' and 'Skepticism' in Hume's Treatise of Human Nature. Philosophy Compass 3 (4):721-733.
Annemarie Butler (2010). Vulgar Habits and Hume's Double Vision Argument. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 8 (2):169-187.
Stanley Tweyman (1986). Scepticism and Belief in Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. Distributors for the U.S.A. And Canada, Kluwer Academic.
Added to index2009-12-01
Total downloads27 ( #53,420 of 1,010,713 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #64,700 of 1,010,713 )
How can I increase my downloads?