The Scots Man and the Sea; Or; The Sun May Or May Not Rise, IDK
January 29, 2014 4:55 PM Subscribe
Did Hume, in writing about the problem of induction, go on any thing like a tangent about how we might as well just row out into the middle of the sea?
posted by PMdixon to Religion & Philosophy (2 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Slightly goofy, I know. At a party in grad school, I have a recollection that someone told me about reading Hume, and their being amused by a long rant about how since we can't know anything about anything that hasn't happened yet, we might as well just row out into the sea and die.
Unfortunately, occasional attempts to find this passage with Google etc since then have only found a discussion of 'convention' involving two men in a rowboat pulling together.
So: Did I hallucinate this/was lied to/some other causal or non-causal explanation, or is there in fact a passage along these lines? It's probably my favorite bit from a major philosophical treatise and it'd be a bummer if it didn't exist.