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Blind Men before a Fire: Empiricism and the Idea of God

Paul Russell

in The Riddle of Hume's Treatise: Skepticism, Naturalism, and Irreligion

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195110333
eISBN:
9780199872084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195110333.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter argues that Hume's theory of ideas has deep roots in Hobbes's account of the nature and origin of our ideas, as presented in both Human Nature and Leviathan. Although Hume modifies ... More


Hume Variations

Jerry A. Fodor

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199287338
eISBN:
9780191700439
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287338.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language

This book looks to David Hume for help in advancing our understanding of the mind. The book claims his Treatise of Human Nature as the foundational document of cognitive science: it launched the ... More


Cartesian Truth

Thomas C. Vinci

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195113297
eISBN:
9780199833825
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195113292.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Written in the tradition of analytic reconstruction, Cartesian Truth provides a systematic reinterpretation of central themes in Descartes's epistemology, metaphysics and ontology, theory of ... More


Truth, Existence, and Ideas

Thomas C. Vinci

in Cartesian Truth

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195113297
eISBN:
9780199833825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195113292.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

There are two main objectives in this chapter: (1) to give a preliminary formal statement of the inference from my ideas to the existence of things outside my ideas in Descartes's epistemology, and ... More


Introduction:: Hume's Cartesian Naturalism

Jerry A. Fodor

in Hume Variations

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199287338
eISBN:
9780191700439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287338.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language

This introductory chapter begins by setting out the purpose of the book, which is to argue that Hume was largely right about the architecture of the cognitive mind. Hume saw that accepting (what ... More


Conclusion:: Hume's Program (and Ours)

Jerry A. Fodor

in Hume Variations

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199287338
eISBN:
9780191700439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287338.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language

Hume's Treatise is the foundational document of modern cognitive science: it made explicit, for the first time, the project of constructing an empirical psychology on the basis of a representational ... More


Deleuze, Kant, and the Theory of Immanent Ideas

Daniel W. Smith

in Deleuze and Philosophy

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624799
eISBN:
9780748652396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624799.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter examines the relation between Gilles Deleuze's theory of Ideas and the theme of immanence, particularly with regard to the theory of Ideas found in Immanuel Kant's three critiques. It ... More


Plato's Idea Theory

Charles P. Bigger

in Between Chora and the Good: Metaphor's Metaphysical Neighborhood

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823223503
eISBN:
9780823235117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823223503.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines the concept of Plato's theory of ideas. It states that this, even among Platonists, is often suspect and others find it bizarre. Despite this Platonic ... More


Introduction: Understandings of Plato and a Feature of Truth-Seeking Thought

Jeremy Barris

in The Crane's Walk: Plato, Pluralism, and the Inconstancy of Truth

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823229130
eISBN:
9780823235674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823229130.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Plato carefully explored the nature of what he saw as truth and its importance for life. To try to understand Plato's specific exploration of truth is therefore to try to ... More


The Logic of “Validity”: Husserl, Heidegger, Lotze

Françoise Dastur and Robert Vallier

in Questions of Phenomenology: Language, Alterity, Temporality, Finitude

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780823233731
eISBN:
9780823277070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233731.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter examines R. Hermann Lotze's interpretation of the theory of ideas and how it influenced the development of Husserlian phenomenology by offering a reading of Lotze's third book of his ... More


Locke and Malebranche: Intelligibility and Empiricism

Nicholas Jolley

in Locke and Cartesian Philosophy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198815037
eISBN:
9780191852855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198815037.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter addresses the issue of whether Locke’s own empiricist theory of ideas offers, as Locke often suggested, a more intelligible way of explaining human understanding than Malebranche’s ... More


Mill’s Epiphany

Elijah Millgram

in John Stuart Mill and the Meaning of Life

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190873240
eISBN:
9780190873271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190873240.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

J. S. Mill’s emotional investment in the Utilitarian program is discussed, and accounted for as an aesthetic response to Benthamism. Associationist psychology is introduced, and it is argued that the ... More


The problem of meaning

Galen Strawson

in The Secret Connexion: Causation, Realism, and David Hume: Revised Edition

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199605842
eISBN:
9780191774447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605842.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

There is a ‘Meaning Tension’ in Hume’s text. It arises from the opposition between (1) a certain interpretation of the strict empiricism of his theory of ideas or meaning, on the one hand, and two ... More


Locke and Compassion

Colin Marshall

in Compassionate Moral Realism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198809685
eISBN:
9780191846953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198809685.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter presents the core thought behind the larger argument of the book by appealing to John Locke’s theory of ideas, according to which some ideas have the distinctive epistemic goodness of ... More


Conclusion: The Encounter

Ryan J. Johnson

in The Deleuze-Lucretius Encounter

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474416535
eISBN:
9781474430449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416535.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This concluding chapter returns to the St Jerome story of the love potion before addressing some lingering issues on the Deleuze-Lucretius encounter thus presented. It considers what is meant with ... More


Hume’s theory of ideas as applied to the idea of causation

Galen Strawson

in The Secret Connexion: Causation, Realism, and David Hume: Revised Edition

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199605842
eISBN:
9780191774447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605842.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter offers a detailed analysis of the way in which Hume’s theory of ideas applies to the idea of causation, which is analysed into the component notions of priority, contiguity, constant ... More


‘External objects’ and Causation

Galen Strawson

in The Secret Connexion: Causation, Realism, and David Hume: Revised Edition

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199605842
eISBN:
9780191774447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605842.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

According to the Treatise the best we can do when it comes to external objects ‘is to form a relative idea of…external objects’. This chapter considers Hume’s theory of ideas and the Meaning Tension ... More


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