- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Hume1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 28/02/2018 23:42:43): Hume
- This Note will cover David Hume’s Bundle Theory of the human person. However, as this is – as even Hume seemed to agree – hopeless, and I have no intention of becoming a Hume scholar with the intention of extracting some goodness out of it – this Note will simply be a parking-bay for any references that crop up.
- All I seem to have at the moment is this discussion of the provenance of the term “Bundle”:-
- Julian Baggini questioned the origin of the term on Philos_List in July 2010, and initially made the following comment,
- No one seems to know who the first person to describe Humean personal identity theories as "Bundle Theories" but there is a passage in Hume which seems to be the inspiration for it.
- Hume notes that "There are some philosophers who imagine we are every moment intimately conscious of what we call our SELF," but goes on to write:
- “But setting aside some metaphysicians of this kind, I may venture to affirm of the rest of mankind, that they are nothing but a bundle or collection of different perceptions, which succeed each other with an inconceivable rapidity, and are in a perpetual flux and movement. Our eyes cannot turn in their sockets without varying our perceptions. Our thought is still more variable than our sight; and all our other senses and faculties contribute to this change; nor is there any single power of the soul, which remains unalterably the same, perhaps for one moment.” (A Treatise of Human Nature, "Hume (David) - Treatise I.IV.VI: Of Personal Identity").
- This seems to be Hume's only use of the word "Bundle" in the whole of the treatise.
- But Baggini then received the following responses:-
- Mattia Riccardi points out that Reid uses the terms “bundle” when describing Hume's view in Essays on the Intellectual Power, II, § 12: "what we call a body, is only a bundle of sensations; and what we call the mind, is only a bundle of thoughts, passions, and emotions, without any subject".
- David Taylor also notes that "the phrase "bundle of perceptions" is used a number of times in T. H. Green's introduction to Hume's works" which may account for its popularity.
- Currently, the categorised reading-list below includes all sorts of general stuff by or about Hume on all manner of subjects. I need to prune it so that only items relevant to personal identity are included.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read4, include5 the following:-
- "Hume (David) - Our Idea Of Identity", Hume
- "Hume (David) - Treatise I.IV.VI: Of Personal Identity", Hume
- "Hume (David) - Second Thoughts (on Personal Identity)", Hume
- "Noonan (Harold) - Hume", Noonan
- "Penelhum (Terence) - Self-Identity and Self-Regard", Penelhum
- "Snowdon (Paul) - The Self and Personal Identity", Snowdon
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Baxter (Donald L.M.) - Hume's Puzzle about Identity", Baxter
- "Bennett (Jonathan) - Hume and Leibniz on Personal Identity", Bennett
- "Biro (John I.) - Hume on Self-Identity and Memory", Biro
- "Brennan (Andrew) - Fragmented Selves and the Problem of Ownership", Brennan
- "Fogelin (Robert) - Hume's Worries about Personal Identity", Fogelin
- "Garrett (Brian) - Hume's Self-Doubts about Personal Identity", Garrett
- "Green (Michael) - The Idea Of A Momentary Self And Hume's Theory Of Personal Identity", Green
- "Hirsch (Eli) - Hume's Distinction Between Genuine and Fictitious Identity", Hirsch
- "Pears (David) - Personal Identity: The Problem and Hume's Rejection of Current Solutions", Pears
- "Pears (David) - Personal Identity: Hume's Solution and his Later Recantation", Pears
- "Penelhum (Terence) - Hume on Personal Identity", Penelhum
- "Stone (Jim) - Hume on Identity: A Defense", Stone
- "Stroud (Barry) - The Continued and Distinct Existence of Bodies", Stroud
- "Stroud (Barry) - The Idea of Personal Identity", Stroud
- This is mostly a place-holder6.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (28/02/2018 23:42:43).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
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