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The Blackwell Guide to Hume's Treatise (Blackwell Guides to Great Works)

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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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Editor's Introduction.

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).

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405115094
Editor:
Traiger, Saul
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Editor:
Traiger, Saul
Author:
Traiger, Saul
Actor:
Traiger, Saul
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Knowledge, theory of
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
History & Surveys - 17th/18th Century
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Hume, David
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
17th & 18th Century Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy-Surveys
Copyright:
Series:
Blackwell Guides to Great Works
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
March 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.66x6.64x.96 in. 1.26 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , 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.
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