Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Hume's Skeptical CrisisA Textual Study$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Robert J. Fogelin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387391

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387391.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 03 June 2020

Introduction The Interpretive Problem

Introduction The Interpretive Problem

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction The Interpretive Problem
Source:
Hume's Skeptical Crisis
Author(s):

Robert J. Fogelin (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387391.003.0001

This chapter spells out the fundamental goal of the book: to make sense out of the radical change in perspective from a buoyant confidence at the start of book 1 of the Treatise to a serious case of skeptical jitters at the close of book 1. The leading idea is that the perspective Hume adopts is a function of the level of inquiry he is engaged in at various stages of his investigations. Not one, but four perspectives (or voices) are found in the Treatise: the confident projector of a science of human nature, an abject skeptic, the voice of the vulgar, and finally a mitigated skeptic. The last standpoint is the product of the interaction of the vulgar standpoint with radical or Pyrrhonian doubt.

Keywords:   confident naturalist, mitigated skepticism, perspectives, voices, Pyrrhonian skeptic, vulgar instinctive belief

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .