HUME AT 300
by Charlie Finch
We should not allow the year 2011 to slip by without noting that it is the 300th anniversary of the birth of the revolutionary Scottish philosopher David Hume. Without Hume's fundamental insight that causation and, indeed, all rational discourse are closed functions of human subjectivity, the works, to cite a small example of Hume's influence, of Bruce Nauman
and his apostle Ryan Trecartin
, which play copious games with our assumptions about cause and effect, would not exist.