Hume and Reid on Newtonianism, naturalism and liberty

Lindsay, C. (2012) Hume and Reid on Newtonianism, naturalism and liberty. In: Kasavin, I. (ed.) David Hume and Contemporary Philosophy. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Cambridge, UK, pp. 191-208. ISBN 9781443841313

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There has been a recent flurry of work comparing and contrasting the respective methodologies of David Hume and his contemporary Thomas Reid. Both writers are explicit in their commitments to a Newtonian methodology. Yet they diverge radically on the issue of human liberty. In this paper I want to unpack the methodological commitments underlying the two different accounts of liberty. How is it that two avowed Newtonians end up diametrically opposed to one another with respect to such a fundamental aspect of human mentality?

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lindsay, Dr Chris
Authors: Lindsay, C.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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