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AuthorWilbanks, Jan. author
TitleHume's Theory of Imagination [electronic resource] / by Jan Wilbanks
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1968
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Descript 178 p. online resource


The present work is, as its title indicates, a study of Hume's theory of imagination. Naturally, it is a study of a particular sort. It has a certain scope and limitations, takes a certain line of approach, exhibits certain emphases, has certain ends-in-view, etc. As an initial step in specifying the nature of this study, I shall indicate its central problem, i. e. , that problem to the solution of which the solutions of the various other problems with which it is concerned are merely means. The central problem of this study is that of determining how Hume's theory of imยญ agination is related to, or involved in, the generic features and main lines of argument of his philosophy of the human understanding. The expression "philosophy of the human understanding" is obviousยญ to allude to a restriction on the scope of this investigation. ly intended Actually, it is a title suggested to me by two of Hume's philosophical writings; and to anyone who is even modestly acquainted with these writings, its reference should be no mystery. Hume published the first two so-called "Books" of his A Treatise of Human Nature in 1739. The first of these two Books was entitled "Of the Human Understanding. " Nine years later, he published a work under the title, An Enquiry Conยญ cerning Human Understanding


I. Some contemporary interpretations of Hume's theory of imagination -- W. C. Gore's interpretation -- N. K. Smith's interpretation -- E. J. Furlong's interpretation -- Harold Taylor's interpretation -- Concluding remarks -- II. The elements of Hume's theory of imagination -- The contents of the mind -- The materials of imagination -- The source of the materials of imagination -- The criteria for recognizing imaginative activity -- Principles governing the imagination -- The nature of imagination -- Imaginative activity and the real -- The function of imagination in cognition -- Concluding remarks -- III. The generic features and basic argument-Structure of Hume's Philosophy of the Human Understanding -- The primary goal of Hume's philosophy of the human understanding -- Hume's basic principles -- Concluding remarks -- IV. Hume's theory of imagination in the argument of His Philosophy of the Human Understanding (I): The attack on reason -- The attack on abstract reasoning -- The attack on matter-of-fact reasoning -- The combined attack on both types of reasoning -- V. Hume's theory of imagination in the Argument of His Philosophy of the Human Understanding (II): The attack on sense -- The attack on external sense -- The attack on internal sense -- VI. Conclusion -- A Bibliography of the Most Important Sources

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