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Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy$
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P. J. E. Kail

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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The Gold: Good, Evil, Belief and Desire

The Gold: Good, Evil, Belief and Desire

(p.175) 8 The Gold: Good, Evil, Belief and Desire
Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy

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The previous chapter discussed the projection of pleasure and pain. This chapter examines the status of the projected, namely pleasure and pain. It is argued that Hume's treatment of these states is consistent with a form of metaphysical hedonism, whereby pleasure and pain are thought essentially valuable or aversion-worthy. ‘Of the influencing motives of the will’ and Hume's attack on moral rationalism are re-read in the light of this claim.

Keywords:   pleasure, pain, cognition, passion, realism

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