The Blackwell Guide to Hume's Treatise

Overview

This Guide provides students with the scholarly and interpretive tools they need to understand Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature and its influence on modern philosophy.

  • A student guide to Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature.
  • Focuses on recent developments in Hume scholarship.
  • Covers topics such as the ...
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Overview

This Guide provides students with the scholarly and interpretive tools they need to understand Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature and its influence on modern philosophy.

  • A student guide to Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature.
  • Focuses on recent developments in Hume scholarship.
  • Covers topics such as the formulation, reception and scope of the Treatise, imagination and memory, the passions, moral sentiments, and the role of sympathy.
  • All the chapters are newly written by Hume scholars.
  • Each chapter guides the reader through a portion of the Treatise, explaining the central arguments and key contemporary interpretations of those arguments.
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Editorial Reviews

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“The Blackwell Guide to Hume’s Treatise is a very welcome arrival, an antidote to the selective attention from which the Treatise has often suffered. The contributors set out and assess Hume’s main doctrines and arguments across the whole Treatise, bringing out links between its different parts, and situating the work in its biographical and philosophical context. The result is an excellent introduction to one of the major works of western philosophy.” Stephen Buckle, Australian Catholic University

“This is an excellent addition to an excellent series. Saul Traiger has solicited an impressive collection of original essays covering all the parts of Hume’s most important, but also most baffling, work. The authors include most of the world’s leading Hume scholars. Their work is authoritative, but is also very clearly presented, so that the volume will be accessible to college students as well useful for expert philosophers. Highly recommended!” Vere Chappell, University of Massachusetts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405115087
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/16/2006
  • Series: Blackwell Guides to Great Works Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Saul Traiger is Professor of Philosophy at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. He is the past president of the Hume Society, and has published numerous articles and reviews on Hume’s metaphysics and epistemology, as well as articles in contemporary epistemology, philosophy of mind, and the foundations of cognitive science.

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Table of Contents

1 The treatise : composition, reception, and response 5
2 Hume's other writings 26
3 Impressions and ideas 43
4 Space and time 59
5 Belief, probability, normativity 77
6 Causation 95
7 Identity, continued existence, and the external world 114
8 Personal identity and the skeptical system of philosophy 133
9 Hume's conclusions in "conclusion of this book" 151
10 The powers and mechanisms of the passions 179
11 Hume's "new and extraordinary" account of the passions 199
12 Liberty, necessity, and the will 216
13 Reason, passion, and the influencing motives of the will 235
14 Hume's artificial and natural virtues 256
15 Virtue and the evaluation of character 276
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