Hume's Reconciling Project

James A. Harris

in Of Liberty and Necessity

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199268603
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603136 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

Hume's Reconciling Project

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Hume attempts a novel reconciliation between necessitarianism and libertarianism. He dispenses with a Hobbesian understanding of necessity, and exploits the Clarkean libertarian’s admission of ‘moral’ necessity in order to argue that such a libertarian already admits necessity in the only intelligible sense of the word. Hume seeks to focus debate about freedom on purely empirical matters, and especially on the question of whether human behaviour is any less uniform and predictable than the operations of material things.

Keywords: Hume; Clarke; Collins; Hobbes; liberty; necessity; compatibilism; motives

Chapter.  11517 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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