STANDARDS OF EQUALITY AND HUME'S VIEW OF GEOMETRY
Article first published online: 2 NOV 2011
© 2011 The Author. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly © 2011 University of Southern California and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 92, Issue 4, pages 448–467, December 2011
How to Cite
BADICI, E. (2011), STANDARDS OF EQUALITY AND HUME'S VIEW OF GEOMETRY. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 92: 448–467. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2011.01406.x
- Issue published online: 2 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 2 NOV 2011
It has been argued that there is a genuine conflict between the views of geometry defended by Hume in the Treatise and in the Enquiry: while the former work attributes to geometry a different status from that of arithmetic and algebra, the latter attempts to restore its status as an exact and certain science. A closer reading of Hume shows that, in fact, there is no conflict between the two works with respect to geometry. The key to understanding Hume's view of geometry is the distinction he draws between two standards of equality in extension.