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  1. added 2019-06-06
    On the Compatibility Between Euclidean Geometry and Hume’s Denial of Infinite Divisibility.Emil Badici - 2008 - Hume Studies 34 (2):231-244.
    It has been argued that Hume’s denial of infinite divisibility entails the falsity of most of the familiar theorems of Euclidean geometry, including the Pythagorean theorem and the bisection theorem. I argue that Hume’s thesis that there are indivisibles is not incompatible with the Pythagorean theorem and other central theorems of Euclidean geometry, but only with those theorems that deal with matters of minuteness. The key to understanding Hume’s view of geometry is the distinction he draws between a precise and (...)
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    Book Review. Space and the Self in Hume's Treatise Marina Frasca‐spada. [REVIEW]Don Garrett - 2001 - Mind 110 (438):460-464.
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    Space and the Self in Hume's Treatise.Marina Frasca-Spada - 1998 - Cambridge University Press.
    Hume's discussion of the idea of space in his Treatise on Human Nature is fundamental to an understanding of his treatment of such central issues as the existence of external objects, the unity of the self, the relation between certainty and belief, and abstract ideas. Marina Frasca-Spada's rich and original study examines this difficult part of Hume's philosophical writings and connects it to eighteenth-century works in natural philosophy, mathematics and literature. Focusing on Hume's discussions of the infinite divisibility of extension, (...)
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    Some Features of Hume's Conception of Space.Marina Frasca Spada - 1990 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 21 (3):371.
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    Hume on Space and Geometry': A Rejounder to Flew's 'One Reservation.Rosemary Newman - 1982 - Hume Studies 8 (1):66-69.
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    Hume’s Conception of Infinitude and Some Problems of Space and Time.John P. Chatfield - 1973 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 3 (1):22-31.
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    Hume’s Answer to Bayle on the Vacuum.Jonathan Cottrell - 2019 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 101 (2):205-236.
    Hume’s discussion of space in the Treatise addresses two main topics: divisibility and vacuum. It is widely recognized that his discussion of divisibility contains an answer to Bayle, whose Dictionary article “Zeno of Elea” presents arguments about divisibility as support for fideism. It is not so widely recognized that, elsewhere in the same article, Bayle presents arguments about vacuum as further support for fideism. This paper aims to show that Hume’s discussion of vacuum contains an answer to these vacuum-based fideistic (...)
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    Ideas, Evidence, and Method: Hume's Skepticism and Naturalism Concerning Knowledge and Causation. [REVIEW]Jonathan Cottrell - 2017 - Philosophical Review 126 (3):393-398.
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    Hume on the Unity of Determinations of Extension.Jani Hakkarainen - forthcoming - Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy.
    We do not fully understand Hume’s account of space if we do not understand his view of determinations of extension, which is too much ignored a topic. In this paper, I argue for an interpretation that determinations of extension are unities in Hume’s view: single beings in addition to their components. This realist reading is reasonable on both textual and philosophical grounds. There is strong textual evidence for it and no textual reason to reject it. Realism makes perfect sense of (...)
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    Hey, What's the Big Idea? Berkeley and Hume on Extension, Local Conjunction, and the Immateriality of the Soul.Don Garrett - 2018 - In Stefan Storrie (ed.), Berkeley's Three Dialogues: New Essays. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 191-204.
  11. added 2018-02-17
    Précis of Hume’s Difficulty: Time and Identity in the TREATISE.Donald L. M. Baxter - 2009 - Philosophical Studies 146 (3):407-411.
    Despite its central role in his important theories of self and external world, Hume’s account of numerical identity has been neglected or misunderstood. The account is designed as a response to a difficulty concerning identity apparently original with Hume. I argue that the problem is real, crucial, and remains unresolved today. Hume’s response to the difficulty enlists his idiosyncratic, empiricist views on time: time consists of discrete, partless moments, some of which coexist with successions of others. Time is more like (...)
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    Infinite Divisibility and Actual Parts in Hume’s Treatise.Thomas Holden - 2002 - Hume Studies 28 (1):3-25.
    According to a standard interpretation of Hume’s argument against infinite divisibility, Hume is raising a purely formal problem for mathematical constructions of infinite divisibility, divorced from all thought of the stuffing or filling of actual physical continua. I resist this. Hume’s argument must be understood in the context of a popular early modern account of the metaphysical status of the parts of physical quantities. This interpretation disarms the standard mathematical objections to Hume’s reasoning; I also defend it on textual and (...)
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    Humen teoria avaruuden ymmärtämisestä.Jani Hakkarainen - 2012 - In Valtteri Viljanen, Helena Siipi & Matti Sintonen (eds.), Ymmärrys. Turku: Uniprint. pp. 67-75.
    Title in English: Hume's Theory of Understanding Space.
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    Hume's Scepticism and Realism - His Two Profound Arguments Against the Senses in An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.Jani Hakkarainen - 2007 - Tampere, Finland: University of Tampere.
    The main problem of this study is David Hume’s (1711-76) view on Metaphysical Realism (there are mind-independent, external, and continuous entities). This specific problem is part of two more general questions in Hume scholarship: his attitude to scepticism and the relation between naturalism and skepticism in his thinking. A novel interpretation of these problems is defended in this work. The chief thesis is that Hume is both a sceptic and a Metaphysical Realist. His philosophical attitude is to suspend his judgment (...)
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    Hume on the Distinction Between Primary and Secondary Qualities.Jani Hakkarainen - 2011 - In Dana Jalobeanu & Peter Anstey (eds.), Vanishing Matter and the Laws of Nature: Descartes and Beyond. London: Routledge. pp. 235-259.
    In this paper, I argue that Hume has an insight into the heart of most of “new philosophy” when he claims that according to it, proper sensibles are not Real properties of material substance and Real bodies. I call this tenet “the Proper Sensibles Principle” (PSP). In the second part of the paper, I defend the interpretation - mainly against Don Garrett’s doubts - that the PSP is a rational tenet in Hume’s view and he thus endorses it. Its rationality (...)
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    Empiricism and Relationism Intertwined: Hume and Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.Matias Slavov - 2016 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 31 (2):247-263.
    Einstein acknowledged that his reading of Hume influenced the development of his special theory of relativity. In this article, I juxtapose Hume’s philosophy with Einstein’s philosophical analysis related to his special relativity. I argue that there are two common points to be found in their writings, namely an empiricist theory of ideas and concepts, and a relationist ontology regarding space and time. The main thesis of this article is that these two points are intertwined in Hume and Einstein.
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    Hume on Infinite Divisibility and the Negative Idea of a Vacuum.Dale Jacquette - 2002 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 10 (3):413 – 435.
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    David Hume's Critique of Infinity.Dale Jacquette - 2001 - Brill.
    The present work considers Hume's critique of infinity in historical context as a product of Enlightenment theory of knowledge, and assesses the prospects of ...
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    Hume on Infinite Divisibility and Sensible Extensionless Indivisibles.Dale Jacquette - 1996 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (1):61-78.
    This essay examines David Hume's principal criticism of the idea of the infinite divisibility of extension in the ink-spot experiment of _Treatise<D>, Book I, Part II, and his arguments for his positive theory of finitely divisible space as composed of finitely many sensible extensionless indivisibles or _minima sensibilia<D>. The essay considers Hume's strict finitist metaphysics of space in the context of his reactions to a trilemma about the impossibility of the divisibility of extension on any theory posed by Pierre Bayle (...)
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    Infinite Divisibility in Hume's First Enquiry.Dale Jacquette - 1994 - Hume Studies 20 (2):219-240.
    This paper examines Hume's arguments against the infinite divisibility of extension in the first _Enquiry<D>, notes to sections 124 and 125. Hume's reference to the problem of infinite divisibility as an illustration of skepticism about the limitations of reason are compared with his longer treatment of the topic in _Treatise<D> I.2. It is conjectured that Hume's reliance on Berkeley's refutation of abstract general ideas in the famous 'hint' of _Enquiry<D> 125 reflects his later acceptance of what he came to regard (...)
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    A Third Type of Distinction in the Treatise.Jani Hakkarainen - 2012 - Hume Studies 38 (1):55-78.
    In this paper, I resolve a potential contradiction between two of Hume’s central tenets: that complex perceptions consist of simple perceptions and that distinct things are separable. The former implies that a complex perception is not separable from its constituent simple perceptions, as a change in its constituents destroys its identity. The latter entails that the complex perception is separable from these simple perceptions, since it is distinct from them. This is a contradiction. I resolve it by appealing to a (...)
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    Hume on Spatial Properties.Jani Hakkarainen - 2015 - In Guigon Ghislain & Rodriguez-Pereyra Gonzalo (eds.), Nominalism About Properties: New Essays. Routledge. pp. 79-94.
    I defend a reading of David Hume’s nominalism that he comes close to Keith Campbell's contemporary trope theory in the specific case of spatial properties. I argue that Hume's view should be construed as classifying spatial properties as Campbellian tropes (particular properties): abstract, particular, determinate and qualitatively simple properties. This has implications for reconstructing Hume's answer to the problem of universals. I argue that Hume’s account of objects resembling each other in respect of spatial properties is grounded in the resemblance (...)
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    Veritas Filia Temporis: Hume On Time And Causation.Thomas M. Lennon - 1985 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 2 (July):275-290.
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    Infinite Divisibility in Hume's Treatise.Antony Flew - 1976 - In Livingston and King (ed.), Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia. pp. 257--69.
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    Realism and Infinite Divisibility.George Stuart Fullerton - 1907 - Mind 16 (64):572-578.
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    Hume on Space and Time: A Defense.Stephen Gerard Coughlan - 1985 - Dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada)
    The aim of this thesis is a defence of Part II of Hume's Treatise of Human Nature, "Of the ideas of space and time." These sections are generally considered to be uncharacteristically illogical, badly-reasoned, and un-Humean. It is contended here that the sections are in fact perfectly satisfactory when understood properly. It is first necessary to make explicit a premiss that is implicit in Hume's arguments: that to have an idea is to have in the mind an experience of the (...)
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    The Infinite Divisibility of Space and the Geometry of Spatial Finitism.Mark Alan Brown - 1971 - Dissertation, Syracuse University
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    Hume's Theory of Space,'.C. D. Broad - 1961 - Proceedings of the British Academy 47:161-76.
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    Hume's Doctrine of Space.C. D. Broad - 1961 - Oxford University Press.
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    Hume and Husserl on Time and Time-Consciousness.Philip J. Bossert - 1976 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 7 (1):44-52.
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    Hume on Space and Time.D. Anapolitanos - 2014 - Philosophical Inquiry 38 (3-4):129-138.
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    David Hume and His Conception of Space and Time.Zdenek Novotny - 2011 - Filosoficky Casopis 59 (4):533-546.
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    Hume's Impression of Succession (Time).Jon Charles Miller - 2008 - Dialogue 47 (3-4):603-.
    ABSTRACT: In this article I argue that Hume's empiricism allows for time to exist as a real distinct impression of succession, not, as many claim, merely as a nominal abstract idea. In the first part of this article I show how for Hume it is succession and not duration that constitutes time, and, further, that only duration is fictional. In the second part, I show that according to the way Hume describes the functions of the memory and imagination, it is (...)
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    Hume on the Infinite Divisibility of Extension and Exact Geometrical Values.Dale Jacquette - 2007 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 62 (3):81-100.
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    Hume’s Difficulty. [REVIEW]Dale Jacquette - 2007 - Hume Studies 33 (2):352-357.
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    The Regularity Account of Relational Spacetime.Nick Huggett - 2006 - Mind 115 (457):41--73.
    A version of relationism that takes spatiotemporal structures—spatial geometry and a standard of inertia—to supervene on the history of relations between bodies is described and defended. The account is used to explain how the relationist should construe models of Newtonian mechanics in which absolute acceleration manifestly does not supervene on the relations; Ptolemaic and Copernican models for example. The account introduces a new way in which a Lewis-style ‘best system’ might capture regularities in a broadly Humean world; a defence is (...)
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    James Jurin Awakens Hume From His Dogmatic Slumber. With a Short Tract on Visual Acuity.Rolf George - 2006 - Hume Studies 32 (1):141-166.
    After a discourse about the literature on visual acuity before Hume, I discuss how the “size” of visual objects is defi ned and determined. I shall thenpresent circumstantial, but commanding, evidence for the infl uence of James Jurin’s Essay upon Distinct and Indistinct Vision on Hume’s thought. This workcontains well-supported findings incompatible with claims made in T 1.2, “Of the ideas of space and time,” and elsewhere. Specifically, the prominentprinciple of the Treatise, “[w]hat consists of parts is distinguishable into them, (...)
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    Space and the Self in Hume's Treatise. [REVIEW]Lorne Falkenstein - 1999 - Hume Studies 25 (1/2):241-249.
    Marina Frasca-Spada's Space and the Self in Hume's Treatise proposes a subjective idealist interpretation of Hume's account of space in part ii of Book I of the Treatise. The book is divided into four chapters. The first deals with Hume's position on infinite divisibility in I ii 1-2, the second with his position on the origin of the idea of space in I ii 3, the third with his account of geometrical knowledge in I ii 4, and the final chapter (...)
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    Hume and Berkeley on the Proofs of Infinite Divisibility.Robert Fogelin - 1988 - Philosophical Review 97 (1):47-69.
    Since both berkeley and hume are committed to the view that a line is composed of finitely many fundamental parts, They must find responses to the standard geometrical proofs of infinite divisibility. They both repeat traditional arguments intended to show that infinite divisibility leads to absurdities, E.G., That all lines would be infinite in length, That all lines would have the same length, Etc. In each case, Their arguments rest upon a misunderstanding of the concept of a limit, And thus (...)
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    Hume on Space and Geometry.Antony Flew - 1982 - Hume Studies 8 (1):62-65.
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    The Import of Hume's Theory of Time.Robert McRae - 1980 - Hume Studies 6 (2):119-132.
    Hume's solution to the problem of the finite or infinite divisibility of time leads him to attribute to duration as continuance in time only the status of a fiction. This fictional duration generates a series of fictions. These are of two kinds, The one alternating with and giving rise to the other in an inevitable progression and giving to our perceptions the ontological structure which the world has for all vulgar belief.
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    Hume on Space (and Time).Ben Lazare Mijuskovic - 1977 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 15 (4):387.
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    „ “What is Time?”.Yitzhak Y. Melamed - 2014 - In Aaron Garrett (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Eighteenth Century Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 232-244.
    Time is one of the most enigmatic notions philosophers have ever dealt with. Once subjected to close examination, almost any feature usually ascribed to time, leads to a plethora of fundamental and hard to resolve questions. Just as philosophers of the eighteenth-century attempted to take account of revolutionary developments in the physical sciences in understanding space, life, and a host of other fundamental aspects of nature (see Jones, Gaukroger, and Smith in this volume) they also engaged in fundamental and fruitful (...)
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    Reality and the Coloured Points in Hume's Treatise.Marina Frasca‐Spada - 1998 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 6 (1):25 – 46.
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    Hume on Space and Time.Donald L. M. Baxter - 2014 - In Paul Russell (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of David Hume. Oxford University Press USA.
    Understanding Hume’s theory of space and time requires suspending our own. When theorizing, we think of space as one huge array of locations, which external objects might or might not occupy. Time adds another dimension to this vast array. For Hume, in contrast, space is extension in general, where being extended is having parts arranged one right next to the other like the pearls on a necklace. Time is duration in general, where having duration is having parts occurring one aft (...)
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    Hume Sullo Spazio Vuoto.M. Frasca-Spada - 1986 - Studi Settecenteschi 8.
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    Space, Time and the Sublime in Hume's Treatise.Justine Noel - 1994 - British Journal of Aesthetics 34 (3):218-225.
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    Kant’s Second Antinomy and Hume’s Theory of Extensionless Indivisibles.Dale Jacquette - 1993 - Kant-Studien 84 (1):38-50.
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    Hume: más que el reloj despertador de Kant.Jorge Andrés García Cubillos - 2008 - Logos (La Salle) 14:49-61.
    El objetivo del presente documento es analizar las ideas de espacio y tiempo en Hume y mostrar la peculiaridad de dichas ideas, puesto que no provienen de la experiencia y, por el contrario, son necesarias para ella. Para ello analizaré los argumentos que presentó Hume al abordar dichas ideas, con el fin de iluminar y proporcionar una comprensión diferente a la tradicional lectura que se hace de las nociones de espacio y tiempo de Hume, la cual está inmersa por la (...)
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    Ambiguity of Time, Self, and Philosophical Explanation in Merleau-Ponty, Husserl, and Hume.Laura Duhan - 1987 - Auslegung 13.
    Merleau-ponty's thesis of the ambiguity of time is used to criticize husserl's and hume's views of the self. the thesis states that 1) the experience of present and past time depend on one another for intelligibility, and 2) the "objective" is past experience frozen in time; the "subjective" is present experience. adequate accounts of the self (and, generally, adequate philosophical explanation) will respect the ambiguity of time and discuss the interaction between subjective and objective facets of experience.
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