The Cambridge Companion to Hume / Edition 2

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The breadth of The Cambridge Companion to Hume matches the sweeping scope of Hume's thought. ... Even though each essay considers in depth a distinct area of Hume's thinking, this volume has the cohesiveness of a text, with some of the authors writing with an explicit awareness of other essays included in the collection ... Norton has admirably produced a book that will serve as an invaluable and enduring repository of accessible presentations by accomplished scholars on the major areas of Hume's thought.' Elizabeth S. Radcliffe, Philosophical Review

' ... a valuable resource for graduate and advanced undergraduate classes ... hough Hume specialists will surely find this book helpful - especially as a starting point for filling in gaps in their knowledge - it is crafted with a larger audience in mind. Nonspecialists will find the essays accessible and stimulating, full of useful material both about Hume's intellectual context and about Hume's contributions to shaping issues that grip us now.' Ira Singer, Ethics

' ... an attractive volume. It will be useful both to those who want to see the grand design of Hume's work as well as those who are interested only in his contributions to one or another discipline.' John Immerwahr, International Studies in Philosophy

' ... individual articles will be useful to those teaching Hume, and will provide an excellent resource for students or researchers who are writing on one of these topics. In my judgement, the book is generally reliable ...' Nathan Brett, Dialogue

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521859868
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 578
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Meet the Author

David Fate Norton is Professor of Moral Philosophy Emeritus, McGill University, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, University of Victoria. He has published widely on Hume and eighteenth-century British philosophy, and recently co-edited the first critical edition of Hume's Treatise of Human Nature.

Jacqueline Taylor is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco. She has published on Hume's philosophy in Hume Studies, Topoi, The Journal of Ethics, The Blackwell Guide to Hume's Treatise, and Feminist Interpretations of David Hume.

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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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