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The Imagination in Hume's Philosophy: The Canvas of the Mind

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2018.11.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Timothy M. Costelloe, The Imagination in Hume's Philosophy: The Canvas of the Mind, Edinburgh University Press, 2018, 312pp., $125.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781474436397. Reviewed by Christopher Williams, University of Nevada, Reno If we ask what the imagination is for Hume, there are two ways of taking the question. We could be asking about the objects of a mental faculty, and the answer would be "ideas" (entertainable thoughts, which contrast with the impressions of sense as well as the recollections of memory). Or we could be asking about the actions that the faculty performs, and here the answer, assuming a different shape, would be "the association of ideas," with easy transitions between, and completions of unions among, the objects of the faculty. Both ways of addressing the question are needed for understanding Hume, who calls upon the imagination to do a lot of work, and work of different kinds, in his. . .

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