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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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Of Skepticism with Regard to the Senses

Of Skepticism with Regard to the Senses

(p.172) Chapter 9 Of Skepticism with Regard to the Senses
The Concealed Influence of Custom

Jay L. Garfield

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses Treatise 1.4.2. It explains the argument in detail, showing again that Hume’s account of custom is central to his understanding both of why skepticism with regard to the senses is justified and of how we come to trust our senses nonetheless. This chapter demonstrates just how robust Hume takes the role of custom to be in our psychological lives. Hume does not argue that we are not entitled to a belief in the external world, or that we are not entitled to trust our senses. Instead, he asks about the grounds of that entitlement, and locates it in custom.

Keywords:   Hume, Treatise, epistemology, skepticism, custom, external world

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