[hist-analytic] Hume's Fork

Jlsperanza at aol.com Jlsperanza at aol.com
Sun Mar 15 16:10:15 EDT 2009

I'm working on contributions by Hume to the English Language, or such. I  
found this which may nicely relate to R. B. Jones's point in his monograph (in  
>So, in this longer story, the history of the dichotomy
>falls  into two phases, before and after Hume. [...]
>Is this a plausible story  or a fantasy?

It is mighty plausible (as they say in the Bill-Hillies), and a guarded  
thing to say, as testimonied by The Guardian itself:

"Most unbelievers in our society are Humeans; 
      and one can be a Humean in this sense  without 
       ever having heard of Hume.
                 The Guardian, 2 Mar 1960. 7/2
                               cited by the OED under "Humean".
--- and the good point about your story is that you do allow for people be  
_against_ Hume, too, without, to quote The Guardian, ever having heard of of  
I wonder if the same can be said of Christ?!
(*: I use the phrase as a Joyceism -- he kept referring to Finnegans Wake  as 
his Work in Progress. People got so concerned about it, that a book was  
published before the work was progressed at all. The title read:
        Our Exagmination Round His  Factification for Incamination of Work in 
J. L. Speranza
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