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Hume's Skeptical Crisis: A Textual Study

Robert J. Fogelin


This work is a narrative study of the interactions between Hume's naturalism and his skepticism as they unfold in the Treatise of Human Nature and the Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. More specifically, it examines the way in which the relationship between Hume's naturalism and skepticism shifts dramatically as he delves more deeply into the operations of the human understanding. At first, Hume's skeptical arguments largely play a subservient role of eliminating intellectualist competitors to his naturalistic account of belief formation. This is true, with one minor exception, in the fi ... More

Keywords: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Hume, instinctive belief, mitigated skepticism, naturalism, Pyrrhonian skepticism, skeptical crisis, skepticism, Treatise of Human Nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195387391
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert J. Fogelin, author
Dartmouth College
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