DIALOGUE AND CONVERSATION: Humean Way of Doing Philosophy

  • Jose Mariadas DVK
Keywords: Concept of Philosophy, Dialectics, Dialogue, Conversation, Method of Doing Philosophy, Truth


David Hume’s philosophy has invited often a lot of criticism because of its abstruse style and therefore earned very strong criticism from all the corners. In spite of the fact that he is often accused of sophism, inconsistency and contradictions his arguments are demanding and provoking and philosophers like Immanuel Kant acknowledges that “I freely admit that the remembrance of David Hume was the very thing that many years ago first interrupted my dogmatic slumber and gave a completely different direction to my researches in the field of speculative philosophy.” This paper argues that a rereading of Hume’s philosophy is worth doing because the traditional understanding fails to explore the rich possibilities of Humean philosophy. It is argued that without analysing his concepts of philosophy, truth and method of doing philosophy we cannot do justice to Hume’s philosophy. This paper tries to show that Hume’s concept of dialogical and conversational style of truth seeking is something very relevant, unique and promising.  

Author Biography

Jose Mariadas, DVK

Dr Jose Mariadas OIC belongs to Order of the Imitation of Christ (Bethany Ashram). After his studies in JDV–Pune, Gregorian University, Rome and in Oxford University, England, he was resident professor and dean of the Philosophy Faculty, St Mary’s Seminary, Trivandrum (2001- 2009). He was the Superior General of his Congregation (2009-2015). At present he is an extraordinary resident professor at DVK, Bengaluru and visiting professor in at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary - Kottayam, St Joseph Seminary - Aluva, and BVP – Pune.


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How to Cite
Mariadas, J. (2017). DIALOGUE AND CONVERSATION: Humean Way of Doing Philosophy. Journal of Dharma, 42(3), 249-270. Retrieved from https://dvkjournals.in/index.php/jd/article/view/250