Has anything changed? Hume's theory of association and sympathy after the treatise


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Remy Debes
University of Memphis
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Many prominent scholars of Hume's philosophy have suggested that Hume eventually abandoned his associationist account of sympathy, which he made so much of in the Treatise, by the time he came to write the second Enquiry. In this paper I reconsider the seeming disappearance of the associationist account of sympathy, but with the ultimate aim of defending a no-change hypothesis. That is, I’ll argue that careful analysis reveals that Hume not only retained the associationist theory of sympathy in his later work, he made no substantive changes to this theory, including in particular, in EPM.
Keywords Hume  EPM  sympathy  association  associationism  Second Enquiry
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DOI 10.1080/09608780701240040
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