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  M. Abramov. Three Answers to Hume
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M. Abramov. Three Answers to Hume

In his essay entitled “Three answers to Hume”, M.A. Abramov describes the historic circumstances of the creation of Hume’s “Treatise of Human Nature” (1739-1740) which proved to be a philosophical masterpiece, despite the fact that its appearance had scandalized many of his contemporaries. The author shows that the conceptual foundation of antihumean opposition (T. Reid being the most prominent exponent of this view) was the awareness its representatives had that Hume’s skepticism is not confined to the objects of material world alone and that it is aimed at God and the entire sphere of divine entities as well. On the other hand, the treaty enjoyed the full appreciation from someone as respectful as Kant. M. Abramov undertakes a comparative analysis of Humean and Kantian interpretation of antinomies.