General Rules and the Justification of Probable Belief in Hume’s Treatise

Hume Studies 27 (2):247-278 (2001)
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An examination of the role played by general rules in Hume's positive (nonskeptical) epistemology. General rules for Hume are roughly just general beliefs. The difference between justified and unjustified belief is a matter of the influence of good versus bad general rules, the good general rules being the "extensive" and "constant" ones.

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Jack Lyons
University of Glasgow


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