THE ANATOMY OF LABYRINTH: HUME ON PERSONAL IDENTITY

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Transliteration of original Title: 
Anatomiya labirinta: Yum o tozhdestve lichnosti
Author(s): 
Evgeny Blinov
University of Toulouse II
Issue number: 
No. 2 (Vol. 36)
Pages: 
195-209
Abstract: 

The topic of this article is one the most discussed subjects in contemporary Humean studies – the problem of personal identity. Hume placed the section “Of personal identity” at the very end of the first book of his Treatise of Human Nature in order to demonstrate the efficiency of a new “experimental” method in the domain of “moral subjects”. However, many scholars claim that the way he treats this problem reveals a fundamental methodological conflict of the Treatise between the “Newtonian” physicalism and “naturalism”, i.e. between the theory of the bundle of perceptions and Humean moral psychology, created under the influence of Hutcheson. The author discusses the historical aspect of the problem and suggests that it consists in the polemics against both Cartesian rationalism and Locke, as well as the genesis of Hume’s own theory of ideas.

Keywords: 
David Hume, personal identity, theory of ideas, bundle of perceptions, John Locke, synchrony and diachrony
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