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David Hume

Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them. (Commemorating the birth of the greatest moral psychologist of all). David HumeMoral psychologypassionReason

The Avuncular David Hume

Hume is on my mind especially in regard to my current work on Adam Smith. To this end, I’ve been re-watching Bryan Magee’s series The Great Philosophers from ’87. I’ve especially enjoyed the Hume discussion with John Passmore. Magee is an expositor second to none despite the fact that his expert guests are more intimate with-…

Locating Conscious Properties in a Material World

Two reviews of  Gerald Vision’s Re-Emergence: Locating Conscious Properties in a Material World By Philip Goff By Kevin Morris CognitionCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceColin McGinncomplexityDavid HumeEmergenceEmergentismMental propertyPhilosophy of mindPhilosophy of sciencePhysical propertyPhysicalismProperty dualismqualiaSamuel Alexander

Hume and Wittgenstein

Born on this day Hume [O.S.] The most important philosopher ever to write in English, David Hume (1711-1776) — the last of the great triumvirate of “British empiricists” — was also well-known in his own time as an historian and essayist. A master stylist in any genre, Hume’s major philosophical works — A Treatise of Human…

David Stove

I know that I may well cop a lot of flack disclosing that I’m a fan of David Stove. One colleague called Stove the worst curmudgeon he’d ever come across, a writer that had the ability to rub many constituencies up the wrong way. Be that as it may, I find Stove a great writer…