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Ideas, Evidence, and Method: Hume's Skepticism and Naturalism concerning Knowledge and Causation

Graciela De Pierris


This book reorients our understanding of Hume’s skepticism and naturalism with a new account of Hume’s transformation of the tradition inherited from Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, and Newton. Hume’s skeptical arguments concerning demonstrative knowledge and causation are framed by his radicalization of what the book characterizes as the Cartesian-Lockean presentational-phenomenological model of cognition in opposition to the Leibnizean logical-conceptual model. Hume’s naturalistic understanding of causation, by contrast, rests on the normativity of Newton’s inductive methodology, which involves r ... More

Keywords: causation, demonstrative knowledge, inductive method, logical-conceptual model, mechanical philosophy, naturalism, normativity, presentational-phenomenological model, scepticism, supernatural

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716785
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graciela De Pierris, author
Stanford University