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The Concealed Influence of CustomHume's Treatise from the Inside Out$
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Jay L. Garfield

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190933401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190933401.001.0001

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Principles of Interpretation

(p.3) Chapter 1 Introduction
The Concealed Influence of Custom

Jay L. Garfield

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the principles that guide the reading of Hume in this volume. (1) The Cover Principle: Hume is providing a cognitive science, not metaphysics, epistemology, or ethics. (2) The Skeptical Inversion Principle: Hume is a Pyrrhonian skeptic, and takes our practices to have no ground but custom. (3) The Centrality of Custom Principle: custom is the key to Hume’s account of normativity and of our epistemic and moral practices, and the term denotes both individual habit and social convention. (4) The nominalist Pseudo-idea Principle: Hume often takes us not to have the ideas we think we have, but rather to confuse customs for using words with ideas. (5) The Principle of the Uniformity of Method: Hume uses a consistent philosophical method throughout the Treatise.

Keywords:   Hume interpretation, hermeneutics, custom, skepticism, naturalism

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