About the Author

Name: Lewis Powell (web site)

Description: II completed my Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Southern California. My dissertation pursued a limited defense of David Hume’s attempt to reductively analyze all cognitive activities as manners of conception in the Treatise. I argue that the prospects for Hume’s account are generally much stronger than has been appreciated, by showing how Hume’s account avoids or addresses the most central/fundamental sources of concern.

Historical Interests:
°David Hume
°John Locke
°Thomas Reid
°Lady Mary Shepherd
°John Stuart Mill (esp. his System of Logic)

Contemporary Interests:
°philosophy of language
°philosophy of mind
°action theory and free will
°metaethics
°epistemology (incl. formal epistemology)

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