dc.contributor.advisor Bricke, John J. dc.contributor.author Cox, Nathan Robert dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-21T20:18:19Z dc.date.available 2011-06-21T20:18:19Z dc.date.issued 2011-04-25 dc.date.submitted 2011 dc.identifier.other http://dissertations.umi.com/ku:11454 dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1808/7686 dc.description.abstract Abstract Nathan Robert Cox, Ph.D. Department of Philosophy, April 20th 2011 University of Kansas 1.4.5 of Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature provides several reasons for close, sustained reading and general concern for interpreters of Hume. First, the question of the metaphysics of substance is a major issue for early modern philosophers. Second, in this section, Hume makes some of his most careful and dense arguments in the entire Treatise. The neglect of 1.4.5 has kept these arguments from receiving all the consideration that they deserve. Third, there are at least three novel positions that Hume argues for here that he does not argue for elsewhere. I shall divide my project thematically with respect to Hume's arguments in 1.4.5. Chapter 1 details a series of arguments against the intelligibility of the concept substance'. Chapter 2 concerns arguments which attempt to conjoin the material with the immaterial. Chapter 3 focuses on the positions of Spinoza and those of the Theologians as regards substance and the immateriality of the soul. An amendment to the Theologians' arguments examines the advantage of substituting the concept of action' for the concept of `modification' in arguments for the existence of substance. Hume rejects both Spinoza's position and that of the Theologians, as well as their proposed amendment. Chapter 4 is directed at arguments against the possibility of matter causing mind and Hume's defense of the contrary. Finally, Chapter 5 turns briefly to the implications of 1.4.5 for 1.4.6, Of personal identity. dc.format.extent 135 pages dc.language.iso en dc.publisher University of Kansas dc.rights This item is protected by copyright and unless otherwise specified the copyright of this thesis/dissertation is held by the author. dc.subject Philosophy dc.subject Hume, David dc.subject Skepticism dc.subject Soul dc.subject Spinoza, Baruch dc.subject Substance dc.subject Treatise dc.title Substance and Skepticism in Hume's Treatise dc.type Dissertation dc.contributor.cmtemember Robertson, Teresa dc.contributor.cmtemember Jenkins, Scott dc.contributor.cmtemember Eggleston, Ben dc.contributor.cmtemember Pye, Clifton L dc.thesis.degreeDiscipline Philosophy dc.thesis.degreeLevel Ph.D. kusw.oastatus na kusw.oapolicy This item does not meet KU Open Access policy criteria. dc.rights.accessrights openAccess
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