David Hume's Critique of Infinity (Brill's Studies in by Professor of Philosophy Dale Jacquette

By Professor of Philosophy Dale Jacquette

This learn of Hume's philosophy of arithmetic severely examines his objections to the concept that of infinity in its ancient context as a manufactured from Enlightenment concept of information, and assesses the customers of his strict finitism within the gentle of up to date arithmetic.

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Cit. , p. 692. , loc. cit. , loc. cit. , p. 697. "68 So much for Cud worth's answer. Two of the central features of religious scepticism, the denial of the Mosaic authorship, and the political and psychological explanation of religion were firmly attributed to Hobbes by the latter part of the 17th century. As I have tried to show, he stated a quite modest version of each, easily compatible with the acceptance of Judaism or Christianity. And unless one reads between the lines, as Leo Strauss did, there seems no reason to suspect he held more sweeping views.

520-524. 2 Popkin, La Peyrère, chap. vi. 2 La Peyrère, Men before Adam, Book IV, chap. 1, p. 208. La Peyrère was a Messianist, who saw the proper reading of Scripture as prophecying his view that the Jewish Messiah would soon arrive, and with the King of France, would lead the Jews back to the Holy Land, rebuild the Temple, and then He and the King of France would rule the Messianic world, and everyone would be happy. Cf. Popkin, La Peyrère, chap. v. 30 Popkin, La Peyrère, pp. 83-84. 33 It seems, from recently discovered information, that Spinoza began to become a religious sceptic in the months before his excommunication.

The author was briefly in London in 1653, and may have made some contacts which led to the publication. He seems to have been in contact then, and later by correspondence, with Jean-Baptiste Stouppe, a French Reformed minister who was an agent of Cromwell's and later became an officer in the Prince of Condé's army. " 63 Also, how could these politicians take in all of mankind by inducing fear, awe and dread "of a meer Counterfeit thing, and an Invisible Nothing" which has no basis in sense or reason.

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