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This book provides the first comprehensive account of Hume's conception of objects in Book I of A Treatise of Human Nature . What, according to Hume, are objects? Ideas? Impressions? Mind-independent objects? All three? None of the above? Through a close textual analysis, Rocknak shows that Hume thought that objects are imagined ideas. But, she argues, he struggled with two accounts of how and when we imagine such ideas. On the one hand, Hume believed that we always and universally imagine that objects are the causes of our perceptions. On the other hand, he thought that we only imagine such…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This book provides the first comprehensive account of Hume's conception of objects in Book I of A Treatise of Human Nature. What, according to Hume, are objects? Ideas? Impressions? Mind-independent objects? All three? None of the above? Through a close textual analysis, Rocknak shows that Hume thought that objects are imagined ideas. But, she argues, he struggled with two accounts of how and when we imagine such ideas. On the one hand, Hume believed that we always and universally imagine that objects are the causes of our perceptions. On the other hand, he thought that we only imagine such causes when we reach a "philosophical" level of thought. This tension manifests itself in Hume's account of personal identity; a tension that, Rocknak argues, Hume acknowledges in the Appendix to the Treatise. As a result of Rocknak's detailed account of Hume's conception of objects, we are forced to accommodate new interpretations of, at least, Hume's notions of belief, personal identity, justification and causality.

  • Produktdetails
  • The New Synthese Historical Library 71
  • Verlag: Springer / Springer Netherlands
  • 2013
  • Seitenzahl: 308
  • Erscheinungstermin: 15. Oktober 2014
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 235mm x 155mm x 16mm
  • Gewicht: 474g
  • ISBN-13: 9789400798359
  • ISBN-10: 9400798350
  • Artikelnr.: 41648833
Autorenporträt
Stefanie Rocknak (PhD 1999, Boston University) is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Director of the Cognitive Science Program at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. Her work has appeared in a number of journals and books, including Brain and Mind, Hume Studies, Philosophy Today (SPEP edition) and Beyond Description: Normativity in Naturalised Philosophy (ed. M. Milkowski and K. Talmont-Kaminski).
Inhaltsangabe
General Introduction.- PART I: LAYING THE GROUNDWORK.- 1. Four Distinctions.- 2. Elementary Belief, Causally-Produced Belief and the Natural Relation of Causality.- 3. The Two Systems of Reality.- PART II: PERFECT IDENTITY AND THE TRANSCENDENTAL IMAGINATION.- 4. Proto-Objects.- 5. The First Account of Transcendental Perfect Identity: The Foundation of Secret Causes.- 6. A Mysterious Kind of Causation: The Second Account of Transcendental Perfect Identity.- 7. Unity, Number and Time: The Third Account of Transcendental Perfect Identity.- PART III: IMAGINING CAUSES IN REACTION TO THE VULGAR: A PURELY PHILOSOPHICAL ENDEAVOR.- 8. The Vulgar Attempt to Achieve Perfect Identity.- 9. The Philosopher's Reaction to the Vulgar: Imagined Causes Revisited.- 10. Personal Identity.- PART IV: JUSTIFICATION.- 11. Three Unjustified Instances of Imagined Causes: Substances, Primary Qualities and the Soul as an Immaterial Object.- 12. Conclusion.- Bibliography.- Index
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From the book reviews:

"Rocknak's strategic choice of subject matter, the simplicity and explanatory power of her main argument, together with her painstaking, detailed work on the relevant texts, make this a breakthrough work in Hume's psychology. Indeed, it deserves to be regarded as the most important book on Hume published in more than a decade. ... We are very fortunate to have this volume, which moves us firmly forward in understanding Hume's model of the mind ... ." (Yoram Hazony, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, August, 2014)

"'The principle of individuation is nothing but the invariableness and uninterruptedness of any object, thro' a suppos'd variation of time'. Stefanie Rocknak's Imagined Causes is a highly original, exceptionally thorough, and extremely controversial attempt to provide a comprehensive account of how Hume reaches that conclusion." (William Edward Morris, The Philosophical Quarterly, January, 2014)