Hume's Experimental Method

@article{Demeter2012HumesEM,
  title={Hume's Experimental Method},
  author={Tam{\'a}s Demeter},
  journal={British Journal for the History of Philosophy},
  year={2012},
  volume={20},
  pages={577 - 599}
}
  • T. Demeter
  • Published 1 May 2012
  • Philosophy
  • British Journal for the History of Philosophy
In this article I attempt to reconstruct David Hume's use of the label ‘experimental’ to characterise his method in the Treatise. Although its meaning may strike the present-day reader as unusual, such a reconstruction is possible from the background of eighteenth-century practices and concepts of natural inquiry. As I argue, Hume's inquiries into human nature are experimental not primarily because of the way the empirical data he uses are produced, but because of the way those data are… 

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