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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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Personal Identity and Philosophical Method

Personal Identity and Philosophical Method

(p.203) Chapter 10 Personal Identity and Philosophical Method
The Concealed Influence of Custom

Jay L. Garfield

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the discussion of the self and personal identity in 1.4.6, and does so in the context of the discussion in Book II. It shows that the structure of Hume’s account and argument is completely consistent with those regarding causation, reason, and the external world. He is concerned primarily not with questions of metaphysics, but with the psychology of our self-understanding. His account is Pyrrhonian, involving a classical skeptical inversion, and he will argue that in fact we fail to have an idea we take ourselves to have—the idea of a self. Our thinking about ourselves is instead to be explained with reference to the operation of custom. The chapter closes with attention to Hume’s explicit reflections on philosophical methodology.

Keywords:   Hume, Treatise, epistemology, personal identity, custom, skepticism

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