Hume's Radical Scepticism and the Fate of Naturalized Epistemology

2015.02.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kevin Meeker, Hume's Radical Scepticism and the Fate of Naturalized Epistemology, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 196pp., $95.00 (hbk),
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2015.02.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kevin Meeker, Hume's Radical Scepticism and the Fate of Naturalized Epistemology, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 196pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137025548. Reviewed by Angela Coventry, Portland State University There may be general agreement that David Hume is some sort of sceptic,[1] but the nature and extent of his scepticism remains a topic of considerable debate amongst scholars. Some scholars claim his scepticism undermines the pursuit of a more positive naturalistic program of a science of human nature, while others maintain that his scepticism is reconcilable with his naturalism. In his book, Kevin Meeker maintains that Hume is a "radical sceptic" of the sort who maintains that all human beliefs are "equal, epistemically speaking" in that none of them have any "positive epistemic status" (17, 26). His interpretation is set against those scholars who emphasize his naturalism. If the main arguments in the. . .

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