Hume's Reason. (Book reviews: summaries and comments).
The other part of Owen's endeavor is to respond to a new generation of Humean critics of the 1980s and 1990s who insist upon seeing him as still in some sense negative. Owen insists that Hume does have a positive account of reason as reasoning. Finally in the last brief chapter, Owen confronts the major issue: why should we accept Hume's account of reasoning? Claiming to find the answer at the beginning of the first Enquiry, Owen proclaims that reasoning is useful with regard to morality (p. 222). In short, theoretical reason is subservient to practical reason.
This answer is not new either in Hume scholarship or in the larger philosophical context, nor is it defended. Nor will it satisfy the critics, who, of course, want to know if it is true about the world as opposed to being a truth about humanity. In the 1960s and 1970s the critics would have said that this substitutes psychology for logic. As Yogi Berra would say, this book is deja vu all over again.--Nicholas Capaldi, University of Tulsa.
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|Publication:||The Review of Metaphysics|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2001|
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