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„Новият“ и „старият“ Хюм
The “New” and “Old” Hume

Author(s): Yana Miteva
Subject(s): Philosophical Traditions, Metaphysics, Epistemology, History of ideas, 19th Century Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: causality; David Hume; matters of facts; the „New“ Hume; relations of ideas;

Summary/Abstract: This article discusses two interpretations of David Hume’s theory of causality. On one side of the debate, there is the Old Hume, whose thought culminated in skepticism, especially with regard to the concept of causality. On the other side is the New Hume, interpreted as accepting the reality of causality. The New Hume rejects the traditional skepticism of the other Hume’s interpretations. The author presents the main theses and characteristics of both the Old and New Hume. Thus emerge the key problem fields of the two interpretations, which appear to be formally identical. The Old and the New Hume apply Hume’s theses but leave their origin framework in Hume’s texts. The result is an epistemological thesis in an ontological context and an ontological thesis in an epistemological context. The problem is resolved by differentiating between these interpretations and their fields. The New Hume is related to an interpretation of causality in the context of relation of ideas. The Old Hume is related to a discussion of matters of facts.

  • Issue Year: XXV/2016
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 113-123
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English, Bulgarian