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Hume’s Epistemology in the Treatise: A Veritistic Interpretation

Frederick F. Schmitt


David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature alternately manifests scepticism, empiricism, and naturalism in epistemology. These apparently conflicting manifestations can be explained by tracing them to a single underlying epistemology of knowledge and probability quietly at work in the text. Hume adopts Locke’s dichotomy between knowledge and probability and reassigns causal inference from its traditional place in knowledge to the domain of probability—his most significant departure from earlier accounts of cognition. To support this move, he makes use of an epistemic status shared by knowledge-pr ... More

Keywords: belief, causal inference, justified belief, knowledge, reliability, scepticism, veritistic epistemology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199683116
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683116.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick F. Schmitt, author
Indiana University