Hume's Skepticism

Michael Williams

in The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195183214
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191727474 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Hume's Skepticism

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This article discusses the skepticism of philosopher David Hume based on the philosophy contained in his A Treatise of Human Nature and An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. It investigates how the various ways in which forms of skepticism can differ and characterizes the general tendencies of Hume's skeptical thinking. It attempts to address the connection between skeptical argumentation and Hume's naturalistic science of man and the way by which Hume's naturalism subserve his critical project. It also explores whether Hume's skeptical tendencies get out of hand.

Keywords: skepticism; David Hume; A Treatise of Human Nature; An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding; naturalism

Article.  13417 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Epistemology

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