Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.3366/jsp.2021.0310
Title: Hume's Rhetorical Strategy: Three Views
Authors: Ooi, Daryl 
Issue Date: Sep-2021
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Citation: Ooi, Daryl (2021-09). Hume's Rhetorical Strategy: Three Views. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 19 (3) : 243-259. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3366/jsp.2021.0310
Abstract:  In the Fragment on Evil, Hume announces that he ‘shall not employ any rhetoric in a philosophical argument, where reason alone ought to be hearkened to’. To employ the rhetorical strategy, in the context of the Fragment, just is to ‘enumerate all the evils, incident to human life, and display them, with eloquence, in their proper colours’. However, in Part 11 of the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, Hume employs precisely this rhetorical strategy. I discuss three interpretations that might account for Hume's decision to employ the strategy in the Dialogues but not the Fragment. The heart of this discussion concerns the relationship between reason and rhetoric. The Dialogues can be understood as part of the education of Pamphilus. Consequently, the three interpretations align with three ways of understanding the roles that reason and rhetoric play in Hume's views on pedagogy and education (or more specifically, Philo's attitude towards the education of Pamphilus).
Source Title: Journal of Scottish Philosophy
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/228947
ISSN: 14796651
17552001
DOI: 10.3366/jsp.2021.0310
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