[SydPhil] Reminder: Deb Brown (University of Queensland) @ Wed 15 May 2013 15:30 - 17:30 (Seminars)

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Title: Deb Brown (University of Queensland)
Hume and the Nominalist Tradition


As the doctrine according to which only particulars exist in nature,  
nominalism in the early modern period cut across divisions between  
philosophical approaches, carrying Descartes, Malebranche, Leibniz, Boyle,  
Newton, Locke and Berkeley equally in its wake. Yet, Hume clearly sees  
realism as a residual threat, lurking in the philosophers’ attachment to  
unobservable substrata, necessary connections in nature and abstract ideas.  
The net effect of Hume’s search for a more austere nominalism is a violent  
and extravagant theoretical cost-cutting. Was it all, we ask, really  
necessary? This paper considers Hume’s nominalism against the background of  
medieval debates. Of particular interest is what Hume ignores from this  
tradition, in particular, a different way of understanding abstraction  
which could have undermined the grounds for his rejection of abstract ideas.

When: Wed 15 May 2013 15:30 – 17:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: S401, Level 4, via Lobby B (or Southern Vestibule), Quadrangle  
Building, University Place, The University of Sydney.
Calendar: Seminars
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