Oxford University Press (2014)

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Frederick Schmitt
Indiana University, Bloomington
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Frederick F. Schmitt offers a new account of Hume's epistemology in A Treatise of Human Nature, which alternately manifests scepticism, empiricism, and naturalism. Critics have emphasised one of these positions over the others, but Schmitt argues that they can be reconciled by tracing them to an underlying epistemology of knowledge and probability
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Justified Belief

This chapter examines Hume’s vocabulary of justification in the Treatise. Hume repeatedly associates terms of epistemic justification (‘just’, ‘justify’) with veritistic terms (‘true’, ‘errors’). Many instances are listed and discussed. Hume’s association of these terms is most simply expl... see more

The Goal of Philosophy

For Hume philosophy is a goal-directed activity. What, then, is its goal? The evidence from the Introduction to the Treatise and the Conclusions of Books 1 and 3 is that true belief is the chief non-instrumental cognitive goal of philosophy. The text suggests one alternative to true belief... see more

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