Hume's Labyrinth

Annales Philosophici 5:69 - 84 (2012)
Abstract
In the appendix to his Treatise Hume admits that his philosophy of mind is defective. Reluctantly he asserts that his thought has ensnared him in a labyrinth. Referring specifically to the section in the Treatise on personal identity and the self, the young Scot admits that he is “involv’d in such a labyrinth, that, I must confess, I neither know how to correct my former opinions, nor how to render them consistent.” (Treatise 633) My paper is a critical investigation of this characterization of Hume’s predicament. I argue (1) that at best Hume is facing a dilemma, not a labyrinth, and (2) that the dilemma can be solved, and (3) that the resolution to Hume’s problem can be found in his conception of intelligibility.
Keywords self  mind  dilemma  intelligibility  perceptions  consciousness  distinct  ontology  Hume  ontology
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Call number B1499.S45.S39 2012
ISBN(s) 9781443838955
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