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Hume’s True Scepticism

Donald C. Ainslie


David Hume is famous as a sceptical philosopher, but the nature of his scepticism is difficult to pin down. This book provides the first sustained interpretation of Part 4 of Book 1 of Hume’s Treatise—his deepest engagement with sceptical arguments. He notes there that while reason shows that we ought not to believe the verdicts of reason or the senses, we do so nonetheless. The book argues that Hume uses our reactions to the sceptical arguments as evidence in favour of his model of the mind. If we were self-conscious subjects, superintending our rational and sensory beliefs, nothing should st ... More

Keywords: Hume, Locke, Treatise, scepticism, bundle theory, perceptions, imagination, reason, sensory belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199593866
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald C. Ainslie, author
University of Toronto