By Claudia M. Schmidt
"A brave and priceless try to see Hume whole-to see the harmony and consistency in his broad-ranging paintings as a thinker, political analyst, economist, historian, and critic of religion."-David destiny Norton, McGill college and the collage of Victoria, Co-General Editor of The Clarendon variation of the Works of David Hume In his seminal Philosophy of David Hume (1941), Norman Kemp Smith referred to as for a learn of Hume "in all his manifold actions: as thinker, as political theorist, as economist, as historian, and as guy of letters," indicating that "Hume's philosophy, because the perspective of brain that came across for itself those quite a few varieties of expression, will then were awarded, thoroughly and in due standpoint, for the 1st time." Claudia Schmidt seeks to handle this long-standing desire in Hume scholarship. opposed to the costs that Hume holds no constant philosophical place, deals no optimistic account of rationality, and sees no confident relation among philosophy and different components of inquiry, Schmidt argues for the final coherence of Hume's concept as a research of "reason in history." She develops this interpretation by way of tracing Hume's optimistic account of human cognition and its old measurement as a unifying subject around the complete diversity of his writings. Hume, she exhibits, presents a good account of the ways that our techniques, ideals, feelings, and criteria of judgment in several parts of inquiry are formed through adventure, either within the own heritage of the person and within the lifetime of a neighborhood. This publication is efficacious at many degrees: for college students, as an advent to Hume's writings and concerns of their interpretation; for Hume experts, as a unified and interesting interpretation of his concept; for philosophers regularly, as a synthesis of contemporary advancements in Hume scholarship; and for students in different disciplines, as a advisor to Hume's contributions to their very own fields.
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35. On the issues involved in Hume’s account of resemblance, see Hawkins, “Simplicity, Resemblance and Contrariety,” 24–38; Russow, “Simple Ideas and Resemblance,” 342–50; Brand, Hume’s Theory of Moral Judgment, 9–17; Waxman, Hume’s Theory of Consciousness, 46–50 and 81–82; Cummins, “Hume on Qualities,” 49–88; Garrett, Cognition and Commitment, 62–64; and Frasca-Spada, Space and the Self, 18–19 and 146. qxd 8/4/03 12:21 PM Page 33 Ideas . ” Thus, even though only one image may be immediately present to the mind “in fact” at a given moment, many others are present “in power,” and may be recalled through the “custom” of “surveying them” on the basis of their relevant resemblance.
2 [sbn 399–400, 408–9]). I will return to this topic in Chapter 7, where I show that, on Hume’s view, our belief in the necessity of human action depends upon our recognition of a regular conjunction between the actions and character of an individual from the perspective of an external observer. However, this point of view is not available to us in any attempt to trace the sequence of ideas in the mind. Accordingly, the question whether human mental activity is to be regarded as free or determined remains unresolved within Hume’s system.
I am using the word “concept” here, both as a convenient term to cover what Hume calls separately “abstract ideas” and “distinctions of reason,” and to highlight the continuity between Hume’s treatment of abstract ideas and subsequent discussions of the logical function and psychological content of concepts, without however attempting to consider any of these later theories in any detail. I am especially indebted in this regard to Price, Thinking and Experience, and Heath, “Concept,” 177–80. 33.