Reflection and the Stability of Belief: Essays on Descartes, Hume, and Reid

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byLouis E. Loeb

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A unifying theme of Loeb's work is epistemological - that Descartes and Hume advance theories of knowledge that rely on a substantial 'naturalistic' component, adopting one or another member of a cluster of psychological properties of beliefs as the goal of inquiry and the standard forassessing belief-forming mechanisms. Thus Loeb shows a surprising affinity between the epistemologies of the two figures -- surprising because they are often thought of as polar opposites in this respect.Descartes and Hume are unique in that their philosophical texts are accessible beyond just a narrow audience in the history of philosophy; their ideas continue to be a vital part of the field at large. This volume will thus appeal to advanced students and scholars not just in the history of earlymodern philosophy but in epistemology and other core areas of the discipline.

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A unifying theme of Loeb's work is epistemological - that Descartes and Hume advance theories of knowledge that rely on a substantial 'naturalistic' component, adopting one or another member of a cluster of psychological properties of beliefs as the goal of inquiry and the standard forassessing belief-forming mechanisms. Thus Loeb sho...

Louis E. Loeb is Professor of Philosophy at University of Michigan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsThe ArticlesAbbreviations for Editions; References to HumeIntroduction1. Is There Radical Dissimulation in Descartes' Meditations? (1986)2. The Priority of Reason in Descartes (1990)3. The Cartesian Circle (1992)4. Sextus, Descartes, Hume, and Peirce: On Securing Settled Doxastic States (1998)5. Integrating Hume's Accounts of Belief and Justification (2001)6. Hume's Explanations of Meaningless Beliefs (2001)7. Hume on Stability, Justification, and Unphilosophical Probability (1995)8. Hume's Agent-centered Sentimentalism (2003)9. What is Worth Preserving in the Kemp Smith Interpretation of Hume? (2009)10. Psychology, Epistemology, and Skepticism in Hume's Argument about Induction (2006)11. Locke and British Empiricism (forthcoming)12. The Naturalisms of Hume and Reid (2007)BibliographyIndex