Hume's theory of space and time in its sceptical context

In David Fate Norton & Jacqueline Anne Taylor (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Hume, 2nd. ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 105-146 (1993)
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Hume's Treatise arguments concerning space, time, and geometry, especially ones involving his denial of infinite divisibility; have suffered harsh criticism. I show that in the section "Of the ideas of space and time," Hume gives important characterizations of his skeptical approach, in some respects Pyrrhonian, that will be developed in the rest of the Treatise. When that approach is better understood, the force of Hume's arguments can be appreciated, and the influential criticisms of them can be seen to miss the mark.

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Donald L. M. Baxter
University of Connecticut


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