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Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy

P. J. E. Kail


Hume talks of our ‘gilding and staining’ natural objects, and of the mind's propensity to ‘spread itself’ on the world. This has led commentators to use the metaphor of ‘projection’ in connection with his philosophy. This book spells out its meaning, the role it plays in Hume's work, and examines how, if at all, what sounds ‘projective’ in Hume can be reconciled with what sounds ‘realist’. In addition to offering some original readings of Hume's central ideas on God and the Self among other things, this book offers a detailed examination of the notion of projection and the problems it faces.

Keywords: causation, necessity, morality, modality, Self, God, scepticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199229505
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229505.001.0001


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P. J. E. Kail, author
St Peter's College, Oxford
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