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Inconsistencies of Character: David Hume on Sympathy, Intensity and Artifice

Davide Panagia

in Deleuze and Philosophy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624799
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652396 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624799.003.0006
Inconsistencies of Character: David Hume on Sympathy, Intensity and Artifice

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This chapter analyses David Hume's views on sympathy, intensity and artifice. It considers Hume's theory of composition and comments on his autobiography My Own Life. It evaluates the descriptive thickness of Hume's prose that betrays a literary standard for philosophical reasoning by means of the poetics of political thinking. It also discusses Gilles Deleuze's commentaries on Hume's theories of sensation that made him declare that the logic of sense is inspired in its entirety by empiricism.

Keywords: David Hume; sympathy; intensity; artifice; My Own Life; philosophical reasoning; political thinking; Gilles Deleuze; theories of sensation; logic of sense

Chapter.  5785 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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