Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/29945
Appears in Collections:Economics Book Chapters and Sections
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. http://www.e-elgar.co.uk/bookentry_main.lasso?id=2047
Keywords: Hume
Smith
Scottish Enlightenment
logical positivism
Issue Date: 2001
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.
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in P L Porta, R Scazzieri, and A S Skinner (eds), Knowledge, Division of Labour and Social Institutions, copyright Edward Elgar Publishing. The original publication is available at: http://www.e-elgar.co.uk/bookentry_main.lasso?id=2047 The only uses of this work permitted are private study or research.
URL: http://www.e-elgar.co.uk/bookentry_main.lasso?id=2047

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
2001 Hume reassessment pre-publication.pdfFulltext - Accepted Version234.5 kBAdobe PDFView/Open



This item is protected by original copyright



Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact library@stir.ac.uk providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.