Ideas, Evidence, and Method: Humes Skepticism and Naturalism concerning Knowledge and Causation by Graciela De PierrisIdeas, Evidence, and Method: Humes Skepticism and Naturalism concerning Knowledge and Causation by Graciela De Pierris

Ideas, Evidence, and Method: Humes Skepticism and Naturalism concerning Knowledge and Causation

byGraciela De Pierris

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Graciela De Pierris presents a novel interpretation of the relationship between skepticism and naturalism in Hume's epistemology, and a new appraisal of Hume's place within early modern thought. Whereas a dominant trend in recent Hume scholarship maintains that there are no skeptical argumentsconcerning causation and induction in Book I, Part III of the Treatise, Graciela De Pierris presents a detailed reading of the skeptical argument she finds there and how this argument initiates a train of skeptical reasoning that begins in Part III and culminates in Part IV. This reasoning is framedby Hume's version of the modern theory of ideas developed by Descartes and Locke. The skeptical implications of this theory, however, do not arise, as in traditional interpretations of Hume's skepticism, from the "veil of perception." They arise from Hume's elaboration of apresentational-phenomenological model of ultimate evidence, according to which there is always a justificatory gap between what is or has been immediately presented to the mind and any ideas that go beyond it. This happens, paradigmatically, in the causal-inductive inference, and, as De Pierrisargues, in demonstrative inference as well. Yet, in spite of his firm commitment to radical skepticism, Hume also accepts the naturalistic standpoint of science and common life, and he does so, on the novel interpretation presented here, because of an equally firm commitment to Newtonian science ingeneral and the Newtonian inductive method in particular. Hume defends the Newtonian method (against the mechanical philosophy) while simultaneously rejecting all attempts (including those of the Newtonians) to find a place for the supernatural within our understanding of nature.
Graciela De Pierris was born in Argentina and received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley. She has held teaching positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Indiana University, Bloomington. She is presently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. She has published numerous ...
Title:Ideas, Evidence, and Method: Humes Skepticism and Naturalism concerning Knowledge and CausationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:May 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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INTRODUCTION1. DESCARTES AND LOCKE ON IDEAS, EVIDENCE, AND KNOWLEDGE2. HUME ON IDEAS, EVIDENCE, AND KNOWLEDGE3. HUME AND LOCKE ON CAUSATION AND SCIENTIFIC METHODOLOGY. THE NEWTONIAN LEGACY4. HUME'S SKEPTICAL TREATMENT OF CAUSAL INDUCTIVE INFERENCE5. SKEPTICISM AND NATURALISM CONCERNING KNOWLEDGE AND CAUSATIONNOTESBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX