The Bloomsbury Companion to Hume

The Bloomsbury Companion to Hume

by Alan Bailey, Dan O'Brien

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Overview

David Hume (1711-1776), philosopher, historian, and essayist, is widely considered to be Britain's greatest philosopher. One of the leading intellectual figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, his major works and central ideas, especially his radical empiricism and his critique of the pretensions of philosophical rationalism, remain hugely influential on contemporary philosophers. This comprehensive and accessible guide to Hume's life and work includes 21 specially commissioned essays, written by a team of leading experts, covering every aspect of Hume's thought. The Companion presents details of Hume's life, historical and philosophical context, providing students with a comprehensive overview of all the key themes and topics apparent in his work, including his accounts of causal reasoning, scepticism, the soul and the self, action, reason, free will, miracles, natural religion, politics, human nature, women, economics and history, and an account of his reception and enduring influence. This textbook is indispensable to anyone studying in the areas of Hume Studies, British, and eighteenth-century philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474243957
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 07/30/2015
Series: Bloomsbury Companions
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 472
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Alan Bailey is a Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Wolverhampton and has taught in the Philosophy departments at Keele University and the University of Birmingham, UK.

Dan O'Brien is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Oxford Brookes University, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and Associate Lecturer at the Open University, UK.
Alan Bailey is a Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Wolverhampton and has taught in the Philosophy departments at Keele University and the University of Birmingham, UK.
Dan O'Brien is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Oxford Brookes University, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and Associate Lecturer at the Open University, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Abbreviations for Works Written by Hume
Preface
David Hume - A Timeline
Introduction
1. Hume's Life, Intellectual Context and Reception Emilio Mazza
2. Hume's Empiricist Inner Epistemology: A Reassessment of the Copy Principle Tom Seppalainen and Angela Coventry
3. Hume's 'Scepticism' About Induction Peter Millican
4. The Psychology and Epistemology of Hume's Account of Probable Reasoning Lorne Falkenstein
5. Causation and Necessary Connection Alan Bailey
6. Hume on Scepticism and the Moral Sciences Helen Beebee
7. The Self and Personal Identity Harold Noonan
8. 'All My Hopes Vanish': Hume on the Mind Galen Strawson
9. Action, Reason and the Passions Constantine Sandis
10. Free Will James A. Harris
11. Hume on Miracles Duncan Pritchard and Alasdair Richmond
12. David Hume and the Argument to Design Andrew Pyle
13. Psychological Explanations of Religious Belief David O'Connor
14. Hume's Sentimentalist Account of Moral Judgement Julia Driver
15. Hume and the Virtues Dan O'Brien
16. Hume's Human Nature Russell Hardin
17. Hume and Feminism Lívia Guimarães
18. Hume on Economic Well-Being Margaret Schabas
19. 'Of the Standard of Taste': Decisions, Rules and Critical Argument Mark W. Rowe
20. Hume on History Timothy M. Costelloe
21. Hume's Legacy and the Idea of British Empiricism Paul Russell
Bibliography
Index

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