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    A Puzzle about Fictions in the Treatise
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (1): 47-73. 2016.
    in the treatise, hume claims to identify many “fictions of the imagination” among both “vulgar” and philosophical beliefs. To name just a few, these include the fiction of one aggregate composed of many parts,1 the fiction of a material object’s identity through change, and the fiction of a human mind’s identity through change and interruption in its existence. Hume claims that these fictions and others like them are somehow defective: in his words, they are “improper,” “inexact,” or not “strict…Read more
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    Minds, Composition, and Hume's Skepticism in the Appendix
    Philosophical Review 124 (4): 533-569. 2015.
    This essay gives a new interpretation of Hume's second thoughts about minds in the Appendix, based on a new interpretation of his view of composition. In Book 1 of the Treatise, Hume argued that, as far as we can conceive it, a mind is a whole composed by all its perceptions. But—this essay argues—he also held that several perceptions form a whole only if the mind to which they belong supplies a “connexion” among them. In order to do so, it must contain a further perception or perceptions. But w…Read more
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    Hume’s Answer to Bayle on the Vacuum
    Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 101 (2): 205-236. 2019.
    Hume’s discussion of space in the Treatise addresses two main topics: divisibility and vacuum. It is widely recognized that his discussion of divisibility contains an answer to Bayle, whose Dictionary article “Zeno of Elea” presents arguments about divisibility as support for fideism. It is not so widely recognized that, elsewhere in the same article, Bayle presents arguments about vacuum as further support for fideism. This paper aims to show that Hume’s discussion of vacuum contains an answer …Read more
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    David Hume: Imagination
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2015.
    This article explains Hume's conception of the imagination and its relations to our other faculties of thought, highlighting the continuities and discontinuities between his views and those of his Early Modern predecessors. It then presents some of the basic functions that Hume thinks the imagination performs, and surveys some highlights of his science of man, showing how he uses the imagination’s basic functions to explain several important mental phenomena; examines “fictions of the imaginatio…Read more
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    The Oxford Handbook of Hume (review)
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (3): 622-625. 2018.
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    The Imagination in Hume’s Philosophy: The Canvas of the Mind by Timothy M. Costelloe
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (3): 559-560. 2019.
    The imagination has a central place in Hume’s science of human nature: he attributes numerous important features of our mental and social lives to this faculty. However, few studies of his thought have made it their focal topic. The Imagination in Hume’s Philosophy is intended to address “this lack in the literature”.The preface announces three goals: “demonstrate that Hume has a coherent concept of the imagination”; “formulate the principles he consistently cites that give the faculty its motio…Read more