A Companion to Hume


Comprised of twenty-nine specially commissioned essays, A Companion to Hume examines the depth of the philosophies and influence of one of history's most remarkable thinkers.

  • Demonstrates the range of Hume's work and illuminates the ongoing debates that it has generated
  • Organized by subject, with introductions to each section to orient the reader
  • Explores topics such as ...
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Comprised of twenty-nine specially commissioned essays, A Companion to Hume examines the depth of the philosophies and influence of one of history's most remarkable thinkers.

  • Demonstrates the range of Hume's work and illuminates the ongoing debates that it has generated
  • Organized by subject, with introductions to each section to orient the reader
  • Explores topics such as knowledge, passion, morality, religion, economics, and politics
  • Examines the paradoxes of Hume's thought and his legacy, covering the methods, themes, and consequences of his contributions to philosophy
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"This is a superb collection of essays by both established Hume scholars and newer names in Hume studies . . . such books do this job very well and this one on Hume especially so: the reader is fortunate to have as guides, Louis Loeb on induction, Rachel Cohon on the passions, and Terence Penelhum on religion, to pick, as examples, just three of the excellent range of authors". (Metapsychology Online Reviews, 2011)

"Blackwell's fortieth Companion to Philosophy is a splendid and long-overdue Companion to Hume, expertly pulled together by Elizabeth Radcliffe, a former editor of the journal Hume Studies. Although the Blackwell Companions are promoted as a student reference series, this particular volume is clearly of considerable value to serious scholars as well." (Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, December 2010)"One distinctive feature of this Blackwell Companion to Hume is that it attempts to be more careful than is common with books of its sort to mark a distinction between explicating Hume's own ideas and arguments, and assessing their relevance to present-day philosophical discussion." (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, February 2009)

"[The book is] highly approachable, well-organized, and—in a field where a lot is published—a distinctive addition." (Reference Reviews, Issue 7 2008)

"The essays are of uniformly high quality, and many are written by well-established, respected philosophers.... David Hume is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential figures in modern philosophy. Every library should have a copy of this valuable resource, which will appeal to anyone interested in Hume's philosophy. Highly recommended." (Choice)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444337860
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy Series , #93
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth S. Radcliffe is Professor of Philosophy at The College of William and Mary. She has published on the British Moralists and on Hume’s metaethics and motivational psychology. She was co-editor of the journal Hume Studies, with Kenneth Winkler, from 2000 until 2005. She is currently working on issues surrounding the contemporary Humean theory of motivation and its connection to Hume.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.


Note on Citations.


Hume’s Context:.

1. Hume in the Enlightenment Tradition: Stephen Buckle (Australian Catholic University).

Part I: Mind and Knowledge:.

2. Hume’s Theory of Ideas: Don Garrett (New York University).

3. Hume on Memory and Imagination: Saul Traiger (Occidental College).

4. Hume and the Origin of Our Ideas of Space and Time: Wayne Waxman (New York University, Visiting Professor).

5. Hume on the Relation of Cause and Effect: Francis Watanabe Dauer (Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara).

6. Inductive Inference in Hume’s Philosophy: Louis E. Loeb (University of Michigan).

7. Hume on Belief in the External World: Michel Malherbe (University of Nantes).

8. Hume on Personal Identity: Donald C. Ainslie (University of Toronto).

Part II: Passions and Action:.

9. Hume’s Indirect Passions: Rachel Cohon (New York University).

10. Hume on the Direct Passions and Motivation: Tito Magri (University of Rome).

11. Hume on Liberty and Necessity: John Bricke (University of Kansas).

Part III: Morality and Beauty:.

12. Hume on Moral Rationalism, Sentimentalism, and Sympathy: Charlotte R. Brown (Illinois Wesleyan University).

13. Sympathy and Hume’s Spectator-centered Theory of Virtue: Kate Abramson (Indiana University).

14. Hume’s Theory of Justice, or Artificial Virtue: Eugenio Lecaldano (University of Rome).

15. Hume on Beauty and Virtue: Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco).

16. Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals: Incomparably the Best?: Annette C. Baier (Retired, University of Pittsburgh).

Part IV: Religion:.

17. Hume’s Views on Religion: Intellectual and Cultural Influences: Terence Penelhum (University of Calgary).

18. Hume on the Nature and Existence of God: Martin Bell (Manchester Metropolitan University).

19. Hume on Miracles and Immortality: Michael P. Levine (University of Western Australia).

Part V: Economics, Politics, and History:.

20. Hume’s Economic Theory: Tatsuya Sakamoto (Keio University).

21. “One of the Finest and Most Subtile Inventions”: Hume on Government: Richard H. Dees (Rochester University).

22. “The Most Illustrious Philosopher and Historian of the Age”: Hume’s History of England: Mark Salber Phillips (Carleton University).

Part VI: Contemporary Themes:.

23. Hume’s Naturalism and His Skepticism: Janet Broughton (University of California).

24. Is Hume a Realist or an Anti-realist?: P. J. E. Kail (University of Oxford).

25. Hume’s Epistemological Legacy: William Edward Morris (Illinois Wesleyan University).

26. The Humean Theory of Motivation and Its Critics: Elizabeth S. Radcliffe (Santa Clara University).

27. The Sources of Normativity in Hume’s Moral Theory: Tom L. Beauchamp (Georgetown University).

28. Hume’s Metaethics: Is Hume a Moral Noncognitivist?: Nicholas L. Sturgeon (Cornell University).



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