The Concept of Body in Hume’s Treatise

ProtoSociology:206-220 (2013)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Hume’s views concerning the existence of body or external objects are notoriously difficult and intractable. The paper sheds light on the concept of body in Hume’s Treatise by defending three theses. First, that Hume’s fundamental tenet that the only objects that are present to the mind are perceptions must be understood as methodological, rather than metaphysical or epistemological. Second, that Hume considers legitimate the fundamental assumption of natural philosophy that through experience and observation we know body. Third, that many of the contradictions and difficulties that interpreters attribute to Hume’s concept of body should be attributed instead, as Hume does, to every system of philosophy.
Reprint years
2013
ISBN(s)
1434-4319
PhilPapers/Archive ID
BOETCO-3
Upload history
Archival date: 2014-04-08
View other versions
Added to PP index
2013-09-04

Total views
1,231 ( #2,273 of 51,524 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
128 ( #3,435 of 51,524 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.