Hume's preference for the enquiry: A reply to Miller

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Buckle, Stephen. (2013). Hume's preference for the enquiry: A reply to Miller. British Journal for the History of Philosophy. 21(6), pp. 1219 - 1229. https://doi.org/10.1080/09608788.2013.867475
AuthorsBuckle, Stephen
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Jon Charles Miller argues that the ‘New Humeans’ stress the primacy of An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding over A Treatise of Human Nature, and that this is indefensible because it relies on omitting and distorting negative aspects surrounding Hume's statements of this preference. Miller's argument is not successful: first, the battle lines between ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Humeans are not reducible to the primacy of either text; nor are his specific objections to the letters convincing. Moreover, the Enquiry is not, as Miller supposes, softer than the Treatise on controversial religious questions. In fact, his particular focus on religious questions provides a plausible explanation for Hume's preference.

Year2013
JournalBritish Journal for the History of Philosophy
Journal citation21 (6), pp. 1219 - 1229
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0960-8788
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09608788.2013.867475
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84890946060
Page range1219 - 1229
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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