Compatibilism Essays

The Principles and Limitations of Humean Naturalism and Compatibilism

David Hume (1711 – 1776) was one of the most important figures in Western Philosophy, and the first philosopher to use a reductionist approach to analyze human thought; that is, he believed that all human experience and behavior could be broken down into a series of elementary events that could be studied scientifically. He called this approach to philosophy “the science of man,” and indeed, Hume thought of philosophy as a science, to be studied with all the empirical rigor…

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