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Hume and Belief

Jonathan Bennett

in Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 2

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780198250920
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597060 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250924.003.0013

Series: Learning from Six Philosophers (2 Volumes)

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Locke discusses the formation of propositional thoughts, but takes for granted the difference between thinking P and believing that P. Hume does the reverse: theorizes about belief, while helping himself to propositional thoughts. He rightly holds that wondering does not differ from believing in propositional content; the only difference he can find is in how vivaciously the relevant propositional idea occurs in the person's mind. This is a bad account of belief, though there is much instructive philosophy in Hume's arguments for it.

Keywords: belief; Hume; idea; Locke; proposition; vivacity

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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