chapter  19
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Hume’s project for a new science

What it is, how it works, and an example

I have tried to show all of our six philosophers as involved in their different ways with the development of science in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Hume’s involvement is twofold: on the one hand, he is the great advocate of the Enlightenment view, seeking to develop a truly scientific account of human beings. At the same time, though, he seems to be the only one who comes to the conclusion that any kind of rational investigation is impossible, and that no defensible understanding can ever be achieved.