Humean Fictions
Brueckner (Anthony)
Source: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 46, No. 4, Jun., 1986, pp. 655-664
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  1. In "Of Personal Identity1", Hume attempts to explain how one arrives at the fiction of a substantial self which retains its numerical identity2 through time.
  2. In "Of Scepticism with Regard to the Senses," Hume offers a similar explanation of the origin of another fiction - that of objects which enjoy a continued and distinct existence.
  3. In this paper, I will argue that his pair of parallel explanations does not jointly account for the pair of fictions to be explained.

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Footnote 1: See "Hume (David) - Treatise I.IV.VI: Of Personal Identity".

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