David Hume. British empiricist. HUME- anities. Interpretive Questions Resolved. Life and Works. Hume's Account of Definition. Some Interpretive Questions. Causation and Inductive Inference: The Negative Phase. Politics, Criticism, History, and Religion. Association. Empiricism.
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Interpretive Questions Resolved
Life and Works
Hume's Account of Definition
Some Interpretive Questions
Causation and Inductive Inference: The Negative Phase
Politics, Criticism, History, and Religion
Causation and Inductive Inference: The Positive Phase
The Treatise and the Enquiries
Necessary Connection and the Definition of Cause
The Universe of the Imagination
A Third Species of Philosophy
The most important philosopher ever to write in English, David Hume (1711-1776) — the last of the great triumvirate of “British empiricists” — was also well-known in his own time as an historian and essayist.
Life and Works
Orde of the Scottish Exchequer.
“must cultivate true metaphysics with some care, in order to destroy the false and adulterate”
The questions are: David Hume (1711-1776) — the last of the great triumvirate of “British empiricists” — was also well-known in his own time as an historian and essayist.
Should we take his “Advertisement” literally and let the Enquiries represent his considered view? Or should we take him seriously and conclude — whatever he may have said or thought — that the Treatise is the best statement of his position?
Species of Philosophy David Hume (1711-1776) — the last of the great triumvirate of “British empiricists” — was also well-known in his own time as an historian and essayist.
“the chief obstacle…to our improvement in the moral or metaphysical sciences is the obscurity of the ideas, and ambiguity of the terms”
All this, and every thing else which I believe, are nothing but ideas, tho', by their force and settled order, arising from custom and the relation of cause and effect, they distinguish themselves from the other ideas, which are merely the offspring of the imagination.
“there are no ideas, which occur in metaphysics, more obscure and uncertain, than those of power, force, energy or necessary connection”
TWO DEFINITIONS OF CAUSE appropriately “independent of all the laboured deductions of the understanding,” to philosophers' attempts to account for our causal “reasonings” by appeal to reason and argument.
-either altogether illusory (Mandeville) or can be reduced to considerations of self-interest (Hobbes)
-can provide no motive to action, for reason alone is insufficient to produce moral blame or approbation
-manifestation of our “natural” or “social sympathy.”
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