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"Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character....I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one?s friends to Western civilization."?Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe. "Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them....I find them hard to stop reading."?Richard Bernstein, New York Times. "Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise."?Jim Holt, Wall Street Journal. These brief and enlightening explorations of our greatest thinkers bring their ideas to life in

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Overview

"Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character....I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one’s friends to Western civilization."—Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe. "Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them....I find them hard to stop reading."—Richard Bernstein, New York Times. "Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise."—Jim Holt, Wall Street Journal. These brief and enlightening explorations of our greatest thinkers bring their ideas to life in entertaining and accessible fashion. Philosophical thought is deciphered and made comprehensive and interesting to almost everyone. Far from being a novelty, each book is a highly refined appraisal of the philosopher and his work, authoritative and clearly presented.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Richard Bernstein
Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them...I find them hard to stop reading.
The Wall Street Journal - Jim Holt
Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise.
The Boston Globe - Katherine A. Powers
Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character...I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one's friends to Western civilization.
The New York Times - Daryl Royster Alexander
A godsend in this era of the short attention span.
New York Times
A godsend in this era of the short attention span.
— Daryl Royster Alexander
Wall Street Journal
Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise.
— Jim Holt
Boston Globe
Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character...I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one's friends to Western civilization.
— Katherine A. Powers
The New York Times
A godsend in this era of the short attention span.
— Daryl Royster Alexander
The Wall Street Journal
Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise.
— Jim Holt
The Boston Globe
Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character...I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one's friends to Western civilization.
— Katherine A. Powers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566632409
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 975,950
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Strathern is author of the popular and critically acclaimed Philosophers in 90 Minutes series. Highlights from the series include Nietzsche in 90 Minutes, Aristotle in 90 Minutes, and Plato in 90 Minutes. Mr. Strathern has lectured in philosophy and mathematics and now lives and writes in London. A former Somerset Maugham prize winner, he is also the author of books on history and travel as well as five novels. His articles have appeared in a great many newspapers, including the Observer (London) and the Irish Times. His own degree in philosophy came from Trinity College, Dublin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Hume's Life and Works 11
Afterword 53
Hume, His True Successors, and Modern Science 57
From Hume's Writings 67
Chronology of Significant Philosophical Dates 79
Chronology of Hume's Life 85
Recommended Reading 87
Index 89
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    An Adequate Quick Introduction

    True to its title, this book provides an introduction to David Hume that a reader can easily finish in an hour and a half. The largest section of the book is a lively biography of the philosopher with brief commentaries on his philosophical ideas as they emerged throughout his lifetime. The biography is followed by a short section on Hume's philosophy as it relates to modern science. The book basically ends with ten pages of "sound bites" from Hume's writings.
    The narrative of Hume's life and discussion of the influence of his philosophy on science is written in an informal and highly readable style. (However, nearly every page of the biography contains a sarcastic remark in parentheses. These are funny at first but soon grow tiresome.) This book would not be much use to an philosophical expert or advanced student but for a general reader or undergraduate it is a useful introduction. Certainly, a person with no background in Hume's philosophy could at least sound like they know what they are talking about after 90 minutes with this book. The interested reader could then move on to more advanced commentary or even Hume's own writings and have a good idea what to expect.

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