Reply To: NAP – Sources please


People raise Hume as if he had the last and best word, when it just isn’t so, and as if no-one in over 200 years has addressed the point, which isn’t so either.

It pops up all the time in discussion such as these as if it is a trump that settles the debate. And I guess it does in a rhetorical sense, but not in a philosophical sense, so it is important for people to arm themselves intellectually against this trope-invoked-as-a-trump.

Another book I’d recommend which addresses this, and indeed why Hume has been taken as dispositive, but is not, is Alasdair MacIntyre’s “After Virtue,” an excellent book on the blind alley post-enlightenment philosophy went down.