Death and Character: Further Reflections on Hume

Death and Character: Further Reflections on Hume

by Annette C. Baier

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674030909
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 11/30/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,072,968
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Annette C. Baier was Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy, Emerita, at the University of Pittsburgh. She also taught at the philosophy department of the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • List of Abbreviations

    Part I. Easy and Obvious
  1. Acting in Character

  2. Impersonation, the Very Idea

  3. Hume’s Excellent Hypocrites

  4. Hume’s Treatment of Oliver Cromwell

  5. Hume and the Conformity of Bishop Tunstal

  6. Hume’s Deathbed Reading: A Tale of Three Letters

  7. Part II. More Difficult and Abstruse
  8. Hume’s Impressions and His Other Metaphors

  9. The Life and Mortality of the Mind

  10. Hume’s Labyrinth

  11. A Voice, as from the Next Room

  12. The Energy of the Cause

  13. Hume’s Post-Impressionism

  • Conclusion: Hume’s Curriculum Vitae: His “Own Life,” Written by Himself

  • Index

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In Death and Character, Annette Baier develops a remarkable synthesis of Hume's philosophy of the person, drawn from all his major writings. These include The History of England, which provides the inspiration for her title. Her novel interpretation of the problem Hume encountered in his account of the person in Book 1 of the Treatise and how it is played out in his later writings will inspire much debate among scholars. The book is loaded with insight into Hume's philosophy; it sparkles with wit, imagination and exasperated love of its subject.

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