Hume and the Human Imagination

Comparative and Continental Philosophy 5 (1):81-91 (2013)
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Bernard Freydberg’s recent work is a careful and compact study of David Hume’s signature texts: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding , An Enquiry Concerning Principles of Morals , and “Of the Standard of Taste” . Contrary to traditional epistemological readings that comfortably situate Hume as an empiricist naturalist, Freydberg argues that he is better understood as a profound thinker of imagination and Socratic ignorance. Hume’s figurative and Platonic argumentation varies in each text, but Freydberg makes a convincing case that his theoretical, moral, and aesthetic philosophies share a proto-phenomenological center in the artistry of human nature and perception



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