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David Hume and the culture of Scottish Newtonianism : methodology and ideology in Enlightenment inquiry / by Tamas Demeter.

Author:
Demeter, Tamás [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]
  • ©2016
Description:
xi, 221 pages ; 25 cm.
Series:
  • Brill's studies in intellectual history ; v. 259. [More in this series]
  • Brill's studies in intellectual history, 0920-8607 ; volume 259
Summary note:
David Hume has a canonical place in the context of moral philosophy, but his insights are less frequently discussed in relation to natural philosophy. 'David Hume and the Culture of Scottish Newtonianism' offers a discussion of Hume's methodological and ideological commitments in matters of knowledge as reflected in his language and outlook. Tamas Demeter argues that several aspects of Hume's moral philosophy reflect post-Newtonian tendencies in the aftermath of the 'Opticks', and show affinities with Newton-inspired Scottish physiology and chemistry. Consequently, when Hume describes his project as an 'anatomy of the mind' he uses a metaphor that expresses his commitment to study human cognitive and affective functioning on analogy with active and organic nature, and not with the 'Principia's' world of inert matter.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-218) and indexes.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 9789004327313 (Hardback)
  • 9004327312 (Hardback)
LCCN:
2016031144
OCLC:
951955671
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