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Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy - P. J. E. Kail

Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2007
ISBN: 9780199229505
Number Of Pages: 304

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In many of his writings, Hume talks of our "gliding and staining" natural objects, and of the mind's propensity to "spread itself" on the world. This has led commentators to use the metaphor of "projection" in connection with his philosophy: Hume is held to have taught that causal power and self are projections, that God is a projection of our fear, and that value is a projection of sentiment. By considering what it is about Hume's writing that occasions this metaphor, P. J. E. Kail spells out its meaning, the role it plays in Hume's work, and examines how, if at all, what sounds "projective" in Hume can be reconciled with what sounds "realist". In addition to offering some highly original readings of Hume's central ideas, Projection and Realism in Hume's Philosophy offers a detailed examination of the notion of projection and the problems it faces.

Peter Kail's comprehensive, thoughtful, and challenging book focuses on Hume's use of projection-the appeal to mental phenomena to explain manifest features of the world... there is much to like in this book overall. Kail is a sophisticated reader of Hume, alert to textual and philosophical nuance, especially in the neglected area of his meta physics. * Donald C. Ainslie, Metaphilosophy *
Peter Kail's engaging study undertakes to illuminate Hume on the external world, necessity, and value by juxtaposing these topics with God, personal identity, and colour respectively...There is much...to admire: the unusual breadth of coverage; the rich comparison of Hume's explanations of belief in God and the external world...The intricate defences of provocative interpretive claims-for example, that Hume thinks belief with evaluation content can, on its own, motivate action-are sure to receive wide attention. * Louis E. Loeb MIND *
A formidable accomplishment, highly innovative in many of its theses, and, all in all, well-stocked with interesting arguments... Of the writing of books on Hume there is end; Kail's is hugely impressive, one of the best I have read in the past decade or so * Alexander Broadie, British Journal for the History of Philosophy *

Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction Part I: Religion and the External World 1: Projection, Religion and the External World 2: The Senses, Reason and the Imagination 3: Realism, Meaning and Justification: The External World and Religious Belief Part II: Modality, Projection and Realism 4: 'Our Profound Ignorance': Causal Realism and the Failure to Detect Necessity 5: Spreading the Mind: Projection and Necessity 6: Into the Labyrinth: Persons, Modality and Hume's Undoing Part III: Value, Projection and Realism 7: Gilding: Projection, Value and Secondary Qualities 8: The Gold: Good, Evil, Belief and Desire 9: The Golden: Relational Values, Realism and a Moral Sense

ISBN: 9780199229505
ISBN-10: 0199229503
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st August 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.3  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.61