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Title: Hume: A Re-assessment
Author(s): Dow, Sheila
Editor(s): Porta, PL
Scazzieri, R
Skinner, AS
Citation: Dow S (2001) Hume: A Re-assessment. In: Porta P, Scazzieri R & Skinner A (eds.) Knowledge, Social Institutions and the Division of Labour. Aldershot: Edward Elgar, pp. 75-92.
Keywords: Hume
Scottish Enlightenment
logical positivism
Issue Date: 2001
Date Deposited: 1-Aug-2019
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to consider an alternative to the logical positivist interpretation of Hume. A non-rationalist interpretation of the Scottish Enlightenment, is discussed as the context for Hume’s thought, putting the focus on his theory of human nature as the basis for science. By emphasising the limitations both of reason and of observation for understanding reality, Hume showed how science could draw on other human faculties to provide a basis for action. Smith’s adaptation of Hume’s work in his philosophy of science and in his economics is discussed as further evidence that Hume’s thought can be interpreted as being incompatible with logical positivism.
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