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The Concealed Influence of Custom: Hume's Treatise from the Inside Out

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2021.02.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jay L. Garfield, The Concealed Influence of Custom: Hume's Treatise from the Inside Out, Oxford University Press, 2019, 302pp., $78.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190933401. Reviewed by Emily Kelahan, Illinois Wesleyan University While hyper specialization is probably inevitable and in some ways good, it threatens to destroy our disciplinary community. There is a formula for success in philosophy that is now explicitly shared with graduate students: find a discrete problem about which little has been written, take a position on it, and try to present and publish the result. The number of people who feel they can co-philosophize with any depth on a topic in any given room at large conferences seems to be shrinking. The popularity of "big picture" views seems to be waning. Jay L. Garfield's book is a refreshing challenge to these trends. It's a book about Hume's Treatise (all of it), written by a scholar whose primary research area isn't Hume... Read More

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