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The Blackwell Guide to Hume's Treatise (Blackwell Guides to Great Works)by Saul Traiger
Synopses & Reviews
David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature is one of the most important works of modern philosophy. This Guide provides students with the scholarly and interpretive tools needed to begin mining Hume’s Treatise for philosophical insight.
The Guide contains fifteen newly written chapters by leading Hume scholars. Each chapter guides the reader through a selected portion of the Treatise, explaining the central arguments, as well as key contemporary interpretations of those arguments. They cover such topics as: the formulation, reception, and scope of the Treatise; the theory of impressions and ideas; imagination and memory; space and time; causation and causal inference; the passions; Hume’s treatment of belief in the external world and the self; the moral sentiments and their relation to reason; and the role of sympathy.
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.
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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors.
References to the Threatise, Abstract, and Enquiries.
Part I: Formulation, Reception and Scope of the Treatise:.
1. The Treatise: Composition, Reception and Response: John Wright (Central Michigan University).
2. Hume’s Other Writings:Wade Robison (Rochester Institute of Technology).
Part II: The Understanding:.
3. Impressions and Ideas: Janet Broughton (University of California, Berkeley).
4. Space and Time: Lorne Falkenstein (University of Western Ontario).
5. Belief, Probability, Normativity: William Edward Morris (Illinois Wesleyan University).
6. Causation: Abraham Sesshu Roth (University of Illinois at Chicago).
7. Identity, Continued Existence, and the External World: Don Baxter (University of Connecticut).
8. Personal Identity and the Sceptical System of Philosophy: Corliss Gayda Swain (St. Olaf College).
9. Hume’s Conclusions in ‘Conclusion of this Book’: Don Garrett (New York University).
Part III: The Passions:.
10. The Powers and Mechanisms of the Passions: Lilli Alanen (Uppsala University).
11. Hume’s “New and Extraordinary” Account of the Passions: Jane McIntyre (Cleveland State University).
12. Liberty, Necessity and the Will: Tony Pitson (University of Stirling).
Part IV: Morals:.
13. Reason, Passion and the Influencing Motives of the Will: Mike Karlsson (University of Iceland).
14. Hume’s Artificial and Natural Virtues: Rachel Cohon (University at Albany, State University of New York).
15. Virtue and the Evaluation of Character: Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco).
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