Hume and the External World

In Alex Sager & Angela Coventry (eds.), The Humean Mind. New York, NY, USA: pp. 124-136 (2019)
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Hume’s understanding of the external world, particularly, his conception of objects, or what he occasionally refers to as “bodies,” is the subject of much dispute. Are objects mind-independent? Or, are they just what we see, feel, smell, taste, or touch? In other words, are objects just sense data? Or, are they ideas about sense data? Or, are objects, somehow, mind-independent, but we have ideas of them, and we receive sense data from them? In this paper, I provide some answers to these questions—by way of distinguishing between the vulgar position, the philosophical position, and Hume’s position.
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