Was Hume a Humean?

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Humanities
Department Philosophy
Creator Millgram, Elijah
Title Was Hume a Humean?
Date 1995
Description When it comes to talking about practical reasoning, "Humean" is a synonym for "instrumentalist." That is, a "Humean" view of practical reasoning is one on which only means-end reasoning directed toward satisfying antecedently given desires counts as practical reasoning at all. Witness, for instance, Michael Smith's fairly recent paper, "The Humean Theory of Motivation," which advances just this view; Smith, who does not discuss Hume himself, simply takes it for granted that the label "Humean" fits.1 It wasn't always this way: when Aurel Kolnai, some years back, wished to criticize instrumentalism, he described the view as Aristotle's, an attribution that would be unlikely now.2
Type Text
Publisher Hume Society
First Page 75
Last Page 93
Subject Humean; Humeanism
Subject LCSH Philosophy;; Hume, David,1711-1776
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Millgram, E. (1995). Was Hume a Humean? Hume Studies, 21(1), April, 75-93.
Rights Management (c)Hume Society
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6bc4h21
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