Happy to Unite, or Not?
Article first published online: 27 APR 2006
Volume 1, Issue 3, pages 290–302, May 2006
How to Cite
Abramson, K. (2006), Happy to Unite, or Not?. Philosophy Compass, 1: 290–302. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2006.00024.x
- Issue published online: 27 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2006
- Philosophy Compass 1/3 (2006): 290–302, 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2006.00024.x
At several key moments in his works, Hume draws our attention to the differences between two conceptions of philosophy. Deploying what were already then well-worn metaphors, he calls these two “species” of philosophy “anatomy” and “painting.” Hume’s remarks about philosophical anatomy and painting have recently given rise to a number of scholarly debates. I focus here on just one of these debates: did Hume intend to combine anatomy and painting in some of his later works? Through an examination of the evidence that has to date been adduced, I argue that we have at least one very good reason to think that such were Hume’s intentions, and no good reason to suppose otherwise.