Hume on space and time

A limited defense

Authored by: Jonathan Cottrell

The Humean Mind

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138909878
eBook ISBN: 9780429429996
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781138323032-7

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Abstract

Hume’s “system concerning space and time” was poorly received in the twentieth century. Recent scholarship has been more favorable, but some of Hume’s critics still reject important parts of this system. Here, I aim to defend it as far as possible and to explain its contribution to his irreligious agenda. I argue that his theory of ideas provides support for some of his central claims about space and time; and that, based on these claims, he can answer theistic arguments due to Bayle and Clarke, who use considerations about extension and vacuum to support belief in God.

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