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Custom and Reason in Hume: A Kantian Reading of the First Book of the Treatise

Henry E. Allison

Abstract

The book examines the central tenets of Hume's epistemology and cognitive psychology. It adopts a two level approach. On the one hand, it considers Hume's thought in its own terms and historical context. So considered, Hume is viewed as a naturalist, whose project in the first three parts of the first book of the Treatise is to provide an account of the operation of the understanding in which reason is subordinated to custom and other non-rational propensities. Scepticism arises in the fourth part as a form of metascepticism, directed not against first-order beliefs, but against philosophical ... More

Keywords: custom, discursive model, judgment, metascepticism, naturalist, perceptual model, scepticism, space of reasons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199532889
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532889.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry E. Allison, author
University of California