Projection and Realism in Humes Philosophy

Hardcover | July 26, 2007

byP. J. E. Kail

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In his writings, Hume talks of our 'gilding and staining' natural objects, and of the mind's propensity to 'spread itself' on the world. This has led commentators to use the metaphor of 'projection' in connection with his philosophy: Hume is held to have taught that causal power and self areprojections, that God is a projection of our fear, and that value is a projection of sentiment. By considering what it is about Hume's writing that occasions this metaphor, P. J. E. Kail spells out its meaning, the role it plays in Hume's work, and examines how, if at all, what sounds 'projective'in Hume can be reconciled with what sounds 'realist'. In addition to offering some highly original readings of Hume's central ideas, Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy offers a detailed examination of the notion of projection and the problems it faces.

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In his writings, Hume talks of our 'gilding and staining' natural objects, and of the mind's propensity to 'spread itself' on the world. This has led commentators to use the metaphor of 'projection' in connection with his philosophy: Hume is held to have taught that causal power and self areprojections, that God is a projection of our...

P.J.E. Kail is at St Peter's College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:July 26, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsIntroductionPart I: Religion and the External World1. Projection, Religion and the External World2. The Senses, Reason and the Imagination3. Realism, Meaning and Justification: The External World and Religious BeliefPart II: Modality, Projection and Realism4. 'Our Profound Ignorance': Causal Realism and the Failure to Detect Necessity5. Spreading the Mind: Projection and Necessity6. Into the Labyrinth: Persons, Modality and Hume's UndoingPart III: Value, Projection and Realism7. Gilding: Projection, Value and Secondary Qualities8. The Gold: Good, Evil, Belief and Desire9. The Golden: Relational Values, Realism and a Moral Sense

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"The detailed and clever textual analysis coupled with the originality and boldness of many of the core theses ensures that Kail's book will remain both an indispensable reference and a source of inspiration for the future scholarly activities of Hume specialists."--Angela Coventry, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews