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Stability and Justification in Hume's Treatise
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Stability and Justification in Hume's Treatise

Louis Loeb

Abstract

Working within a philosophical tradition that values tranquillity, Hume favors an epistemology that links justification with settled belief. Hume appeals to psychological stability to support his own epistemological assessments, both favorable regarding causal inference and unfavorable regarding the imagination. The theory's success in explaining Hume's epistemic distinctions gives way to pessimism or ”skepticism,” since Hume contends that reflection on beliefs is deeply destabilizing. So much the worse, Hume concludes, for placing a premium on reflection. Hume endorses and defends the positio ... More

Keywords: dissonance, empiricism, epistemology, history of philosophy, Hume, justification, Louis Loeb, mental conflict, naturalism, philosophy, reflection, skepticism, stability, Treatise on Human Nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195146585
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195146581.001.0001

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Louis Loeb, author
University of Michigan
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