Hume's Theory of Imagination - Wilbanks, Jan
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The present work is, as its title indicates, a study of Hume's theory of imagination. Naturally, it is a study of a particular sort. It has a certain scope and limitations, takes a certain line of approach, exhibits certain emphases, has certain ends-in-view, etc. As an initial step in specifying the nature of this study, I shall indicate its central problem, i. e. , that problem to the solution of which the solutions of the various other problems with which it is concerned are merely means. The central problem of this study is that of determining how Hume's theory of im agination is related…mehr

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The present work is, as its title indicates, a study of Hume's theory of imagination. Naturally, it is a study of a particular sort. It has a certain scope and limitations, takes a certain line of approach, exhibits certain emphases, has certain ends-in-view, etc. As an initial step in specifying the nature of this study, I shall indicate its central problem, i. e. , that problem to the solution of which the solutions of the various other problems with which it is concerned are merely means. The central problem of this study is that of determining how Hume's theory of im agination is related to, or involved in, the generic features and main lines of argument of his philosophy of the human understanding. The expression "philosophy of the human understanding" is obvious to allude to a restriction on the scope of this investigation. ly intended Actually, it is a title suggested to me by two of Hume's philosophical writings; and to anyone who is even modestly acquainted with these writings, its reference should be no mystery. Hume published the first two so-called "Books" of his A Treatise of Human Nature in 1739. The first of these two Books was entitled "Of the Human Understanding. " Nine years later, he published a work under the title, An Enquiry Con cerning Human Understanding.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Springer Netherlands / Springer, Berlin
  • 1968.
  • Seitenzahl: 192
  • Erscheinungstermin: 1. Januar 1968
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 235mm x 155mm x 10mm
  • Gewicht: 315g
  • ISBN-13: 9789401502092
  • ISBN-10: 9401502099
  • Artikelnr.: 37499704
Inhaltsangabe
I. Some contemporary interpretations of Hume's theory of imagination.- W. C. Gore's interpretation.- Exposition.- Evaluation.- On Hume's problem.- On Hume's different senses of "imagination".- On the function of imagination in Hume.- N. K. Smith's interpretation.- Exposition.- Evaluation.- E. J. Furlong's interpretation.- Exposition.- Evaluation.- On the reasons for the prominence of imagination.- On the criticism of Smith's interpretation.- On the function Hume assigns to imagination in the production of belief.- On Hume's drive for economy in Enquiry I.- Harold Taylor's interpretation.- Exposition.- Evaluation.- Concluding remarks.- II. The elements of Hume's theory of imagination.- The contents of the mind.- The materials of imagination.- The source of the materials of imagination.- The criteria for recognizing imaginative activity.- Principles governing the imagination.- The nature of imagination.- Hume's general conception of imagination.- Hume's "special" usage of "imagination".- Imaginative activity and the real.- The function of imagination in cognition.- Concluding remarks.- III. The generic features and basic argument-Structure of Hume's Philosophy of the Human Understanding.- The primary goal of Hume's philosophy of the human understanding.- Hume's primary aim as expressed in "Enquiry I".- Hume's primary aim as expressed in "Treatise I".- Consideration of a possible objection to the foregoing account.- Hume's primary aim as expressed in the "Abstract" and the appendix to the "Treatise".- An alternative to the preceding account of Hume's primary aim.- The argument-structure of section XII of "Enquiry I" and its relation to the basic argument-structure of "Treatise I" as a whole.- Hume's basic principles.- Concluding remarks.- IV. Hume's theory of imagination in the argument of His Philosophy of the Human Understanding (I): The attack on reason.- The attack on abstract reasoning.- The account in "Enquiry I".- The account in the "Abstract".- The account in "Treatise I".- The attack on matter-of-fact reasoning.- The account in "Enquiry I": its primary aim.- The account in "Treatise I".- The necessity of a cause.- The nature of causal inference.- The principle of uniformity of nature.- Belief and causal inference.- Necessary connexion.- The combined attack on both types of reasoning.- V. Hume's theory of imagination in the Argument of His Philosophy of the Human Understanding (II): The attack on sense.- The attack on external sense.- The account in "Enquiry I".- The account in "Treatise I".- Some remarks on the discussions in sections iii and iv.- The attack on internal sense.- The account in "Treatise I".- Hume's remarks in the appendix to the "Treatise".- Some comments on Hume's remarks.- VI. Conclusion.- A Bibliography of the Most Important Sources.