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Hume's Reason

David Owen

Abstract

Reason plays a central role in Hume's account of human understanding but just what that role is is a matter of continuing controversy. Many of the most famous problems that Hume discusses, and many of the positions he advocates, are expressed in terms of reason. It is central to his arguments about induction, belief, scepticism, the passions, and moral distinctions. Hume's Reason provides a new look at Hume's account of reason and discusses the first three of the aforementioned issues. Hume's theory is introduced by looking at the logic of ideas developed by Descartes and Locke. Hume followed ... More

Keywords: belief, deduction, history of philosophy, Hume, imagination, induction, inference, David Owen, passions, philosophy of mind, reason, reasoning, scepticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199252602
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199252602.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Owen, author
University of Arizona
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