David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
History of Philosophy Yearbook 2012:62-115 (2013)
In this paper I try to explain a strange omission in Hume’s methodological descriptions in his first Enquiry. In the course of this explanation I reveal a kind of rationalistic tendency of the latter work. It seems to contrast with “experimental method” of his early Treatise of Human Nature, but, as I show that there is no discrepancy between the actual methods of both works, I make an attempt to explain the change in Hume’s characterization of his own methods. This attempt leads to the question about his interpretation of the science of human nature. I argue that his view on this science was not a constant one and that initially he identified this science with his account of passions. As this presupposes the primacy of Book 2 of his Treatise I try to find new confirmations of the old hypothesis that this Book had been written before the Book 1, dealing with understanding. Finally, I show that this discussion of Hume’s methodology may be of some interest to proponents of conceptual analysis.
|Keywords||Hume Methodology Conceptual analysis Science of human nature Syllogism Deduction Kemp Smith Demonstration Treatise of Human Nature|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Sean Greenberg (2008). 'Naturalism' and 'Skepticism' in Hume's Treatise of Human Nature. Philosophy Compass 3 (4):721-733.
Marina Frasca-Spada (1998). Space and the Self in Hume's Treatise. Cambridge University Press.
Mikko Tolonen (2009). Politeness, Paris and the Treatise. Hume Studies 34 (1):21-42.
James A. Harris (2009). A Compleat Chain of Reasoning: Hume's Project in a Treatise of Human Nature, Books One and Two. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 109 (1pt2):129-148.
David Hume (2007). A Treatise of Human Nature: A Critical Edition. Oxford University Press.
James Baillie (2000). Hume on Morality. Routledge.
David Fate Norton & Mary J. Norton (eds.) (2007). David Hume: A Treatise of Human Nature: Volume 1: Texts. Clarendon Press.
Mark Collier (2011). Hume's Science of Emotions: Feeling Theory Without Tears. Hume Studies 37 (1):3-18.
David Fate Norton & Mary J. Norton (eds.) (2011). David Hume: A Treatise of Human Nature: Volume 1: Texts. OUP Oxford.
Axel Gelfert (2013). Hume on Curiosity. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (4):711-732.
David Hume (2000). A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning Into Moral Subjects. OUP Oxford.
Henrik Bohlin (2009). Sympathy, Understanding, and Hermeneutics in Hume's Treatise. Hume Studies 35 (1-2):135-170.
Alan Schwerin (2007). Hume and The Self: A Critical Response. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 5 (1):15-30.
Added to index2012-05-16
Total downloads204 ( #5,334 of 1,707,765 )
Recent downloads (6 months)35 ( #29,512 of 1,707,765 )
How can I increase my downloads?