The Pre‐Humean Problem of Origins

Wayne Waxman

in Kant and the Empiricists

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177398
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786176 | DOI:
 The Pre‐Humean Problem of Origins

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This chapter examines the state of the theory of origins prior to Hume’s arrival on the scene. It begins with the Rationalists’ intellectualist accounts, and then draws together the elements of the sensibilist response to it. The Rationalist problem of origins, Locke’s critique of Rationalist intellectualism, the limits of Lockean sensibilism, Berkeley’s idealism, and Hume’s psychologism are discussed.

Keywords: David Hume; John Locke; George Berkeley; theory of origins; Rationalist; sensibilism; intellectualism

Chapter.  13730 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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