IV It should be clear, in light of the above, that Harris's study is deeply flawed in respect of its central claims about the structure, content, and development of Hume's thought. What we do know is that in Book III, "Of Morals", Hume covers politics as well as morals but does not discuss criticism -- this part of his design was dropped.
We have, moreover, Hume's more interesting and relevant remarks in the Abstract concerning the plan of the Treatise.
The epigram not only raises the issue of freedom of thought and expression but also was used by Spinoza for the title of the last chapter of his Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, a work that was especially influential among radical freethinkers in the early 18th century context.
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With regard to the first issue, Harris suggests that Hume wrote the first Enquiry as a way of repackaging the contents of Book I of the Treatise in the manner of an "essayist" and that Hume's central motivations and aims in this work concern his account of probabilistic reasoning ; cp.
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It is disappointing, therefore, to find that Harris's account of the Treatise is highly compressed and schematic -- moving very rapidly through a series of brief synopses covering the dense, difficult material of this long and complex work.
Harris's study systematically obscures and distorts these features of Hume's fundamental motivation and thought and, as such, to use Harris's own language, does "harm" and poses a real "danger" to our understanding and appreciation of Hume's life, work, and achievement. In general, it is a mistake to try and defang as well as deflate Hume's attitude towards religion -- there is simply too much weighty evidence against it.
Why would Hume or Harris claim this in a context where Hume's critics and accusers plainly regard the argument to be both important and convincing. Mariousz Duda, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from the band XANADUjoined the trio later that year for rehearsals and the results and reactions from those meetings were extremely positive.
When he comes to explain the plan of the Treatise Harris focuses his attention not on the plan that Hume actually executed and completed but on Hume's remarks in his Advertisement to the first Book.
That is to say, since Harris's deflationary aim is to show that the Treatise does not merit any "privileged" position among Hume's other works, and is not related or connected to them in any way that might justify such special status, this must be argued for on the basis of a detailed, careful analysis of the central aims and arguments of the Treatise.
The significance of this is much greater than Harris's passing comment suggests. Harris in various places emphasizes that Hume was on friendly terms with members of the moderate clergy in Scotland, some of who were among his closest friends 22,n Harris's study turns on four central theses or claims about the character of Hume's thought and how it is structured and developed.
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The epigram that appeared on the title-page of Book III is also of related significance. He gives little weight to the influence of metaphysicians and epistemologists of this period, such as Malebranche, Locke, Samuel Clarke and Berkeley, all of whom he treats relatively lightly.
It is also misleading to suggest that in the first Enquiry Hume dropped his skeptical critique of the argument a priori Harris,; cp.
In this context Hume remarks that the Treatise "seems to be written upon the same plan with several other works that have had great vogue of late years in England" AB, 1. It would be obvious to both Hume and his contemporaries, as it was to Baxter, that the core content of the Treatise stands in direct and systematic opposition to all that Baxter argues for as per the Clarkean philosophy.
Biography written by CCVP. When we turn to the various irreligious themes and concerns that Harris does manage to identify and consider, Hume's attitude with regard to religion is presented as one of consistent "moderation", "impartiality" and "detachment", and as lacking any practical aims or agenda of a specifically irreligious nature see, e.
All this is, of course, of considerable importance and relevance when assessing the significance of Hume's "plan" but Harris mentions none of it.
As I have explained, Harris not only seeks to deflate the importance of the Treatise in relation to Hume's thought taken as a whole i. Also in lateMariousz Duda released an album by his project called Lunatic Soul.
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One of the most egregious gaps in Harris's study is that he says little or nothing about these early reviews Harris, ; cp.
There is no system, doctrine, or fundamental aims or ambitions that serve to unify Hume's thought. God "can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion" EU, Taken as a whole, the account given of the Treatise is both incomplete and unconvincing. In the Enquiry, no less than in the Treatise, Hume makes clear that "if we reason a priori, anything may appear able to produce anything" and that "divinity or school metaphysics" that aim to demonstrate the existence of any object i.
You can expect to find intelligent discussions associated with literary periods and movements; major and minor authors and their works; and potential connections and relationships with other artistic movements and periods e. Contrary to the impression Harris gives, Baxter was a very important figure in this context and was generally regarded by his own contemporaries as the most distinguished and prominent representative and defender of the Clarkean philosophy, which includes not only the argument a priori but also other important doctrines, such as the immortality of the soul and free will.
Among other significant details relating to Baxter that Harris omits are that Baxter "abhorred the early work of Mr. This is an issue that needs to be treated in a careful and convincing manner if Harris is to be in any secure position to support and sustain his strong, sweeping, deflationary claims.
Moreover, whatever irreligious aims and objectives Hume may have had, they reflect his moderate, neutral and detached attitude to this and all other subjects -- there is no underlying animus or hostility against religion that motivates his contributions to this subject.
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