[SydPhil] Notification: Dominic Dimech @ Thu 30 Aug 2018 15:00 - 16:30 (AEST) (Current Projects)

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Title: Dominic Dimech
Reflections on Hume's Residual Scepticism

The purpose of this presentation is twofold: to defend my reading of Hume  
as residually sceptical, and to explore the wider significance of this  
reading. According to my reading of Hume, we cannot read the Treatise as  
expressing a single, consistent position from beginning to end. Rather,  
Hume experiences a sceptical crisis in the text and he decides to alter his  
attitudes towards the justification of his beliefs – becoming a moderate  
sceptic – as a result of this. The textual upshot of this is that we have a  
nice explanation of why Hume seems so sanguine about philosophy (and human  
reasoning in general) in some parts of his texts, but seems so deeply  
sceptical in other parts. However, one might resist the benefits of such an  
explanation in different ways: maybe it is not so simple to claim that Hume  
becomes a sceptic after his crisis, since that crisis appears at the end of  
Book One, but Books Two and Three are most certainly not sceptical texts.  
Another worry is that the residually sceptical reading leaves Hume in an  
unstable philosophical position: it doesn’t seem obvious how an extreme  
sceptical crisis can lead to moderate scepticism. I defend my view in light  
of these problems and in doing so I explain what difference it makes to our  
understanding of the history of philosophy.
When: Thu 30 Aug 2018 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: The Muniment Room, University of Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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