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Hume’s Science of Human Nature is an investigation of the philosophical commitments underlying Hume's methodology in pursuing what he calls ‘the science of human nature’. It argues that Hume understands scientific explanation as aiming at explaining the inductively-established universal regularities discovered in experience via an appeal to the nature of the substance underlying manifest phenomena. For years, scholars have taken Hume to employ a deliberately shallow and demonstrably untenable notion of scientific explanation. By contrast, Hume’s Science of Human Nature sets out to update our understanding of Hume’s methodology by using a more sophisticated picture of science as a model.
"Hume’s Science of Human Nature offers, and capably defends, a deeply original way of understanding Hume’s theoretical framework. The interpretation renders Hume’s naturalistic project a much more sophisticated endeavour than typically thought. It is an excellent and welcome addition to the literature." —Hsueh Qu, National University of Singapore
Chapter 1: Two Case Studies: The Impression-Idea and Simple-Complex Distinctions
Chapter 2: Hume’s Scientific Realism
Chapter 3: The Course of Science: Substance, Language, and Reason
Chapter 4: The Science of Body
Chapter 5: Necessary Connection and Substantial Explanation
Chapter 6: Explanation and Personal Identity in the Appendix