The Cambridge Companion to Hume / Edition 2by David Fate Norton, Jacqueline Anne Taylor
Pub. Date: 12/31/2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Each Cambridge Companion to a philosophical figure is made up of specially commissioned essays by an international team of scholars, providing students and non-specialists with an introduction to a major philosopher. The series aims to dispel the intimidation that readers may feel when faced with the work of a challenging thinker. David Hume is now considered one… See more details below
Each Cambridge Companion to a philosophical figure is made up of specially commissioned essays by an international team of scholars, providing students and non-specialists with an introduction to a major philosopher. The series aims to dispel the intimidation that readers may feel when faced with the work of a challenging thinker. David Hume is now considered one of the most important philosophers of the Western world. Although best known for his contributions to the theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion, Hume also influenced developments in the philosophy of mind, psychology, ethics, political and economic theory, political and social history, and aesthetic theory. The fifteen essays in this volume address all aspects of Hume’s thought. The picture of him that emerges is that of a thinker who, though often critical to the point of skepticism, was nonetheless able to build on that skepticism a constructive, viable, and profoundly important view of the world. Also included in this volume are Hume’s two brief autobiographies and a bibliography suited to those beginning their study of Hume. This second edition of one our most popular Companions includes six new essays and a new introduction, and the remaining essays have all been updated or revised.
Table of Contents
1. An introduction to Hume's thought; 2. Hume's new science of the mind; 3. Hume and the mechanics of mind: impressions, ideas, and association; 4. Hume's theory of space and time in its sceptical context; 5. Hume on causation; 6. Hume and the problem of personal identity; 7. Hume's scepticism; 8. Hume's moral psychology; 9. The foundations of morality in Hume's Treatise; 10. Hume's later moral philosophy; 11. The structure of Hume's political theory; 12. David Hume: principles of political economy; 13. Hume on the arts and 'The Standard of Taste': texts and contexts; 14. David Hume: 'the Historian'; 15. Hume on religion.
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