Scepticism and Naturalism in Cavell and Hume

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This essay argues that the exploration of scepticism and its implications in the work of Stanley Cavell and David Hume bears more similarities than is commonly acknowledged, especially along the lines of what I wish to call “sceptical naturalism.” These lines of similarity are described through the way each philosopher relates the “natural” and “nature” to the universal, the necessary, and the conventional.

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    Gould (2013) interestingly, and I think rightly, relates Cavell’s (as I would relate Hume’s) evoking a universality of voice to a special mode of confession.

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    Wright (2002b), discussed by McGinn (2013: 322). See also McDowell (1996). One might call the dispositional model Quine’s as well (cf. Quine 1964).

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