Created from twenty-nine in particular commissioned essays, A better half to Hume examines the intensity of the philosophies and effect of 1 of history's so much extraordinary thinkers.
• Demonstrates the diversity of Hume's paintings and illuminates the continued debates that it has generated
• geared up via topic, with introductions to every part to orient the reader
• Explores subject matters reminiscent of wisdom, ardour, morality, faith, economics, and politics
• Examines the paradoxes of Hume's idea and his legacy, protecting the tools, issues, and effects of his contributions to philosophy
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But perhaps he has done more by teaching philosophy to be judicious and to restrict [it] within reasonable limits. qxd 10/1/08 11:17 AM Page 25 hume in the enlightenment tradition he undertook and successfully carried through what Newton had not dared to do, or perhaps would have found impossible. It can be said that he created metaphysics, almost as Newton had created physics . . In order to know our soul, its ideas, and its affections, he did not study books, because they would only have instructed him badly; he was content with probing deeply into himself .
Hume on Causation (London: Routledge). Frasca-Spada, Marina (1998). Space and the Self in Hume’s Treatise (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Harris, James A. (2005). Of Liberty and Necessity: The Free Will Debate in Eighteenth-century British Philosophy (Oxford: Clarendon Press). Herdt, Jennifer A. (1997). Religion and Faction in Hume’s Moral Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). ) (2005). The Reception of David Hume in Europe (London and New York: Continuum). ) (2007). New Essays on David Hume (Milan: FrancoAngeli).
What then of experimental moral enquiry? Its subject matter is the human being: specifically, the workings of the human mind. Since the essence of that mind is hidden, all forms of armchair theorizing must give way to an examination of the human being in action: the mind can be studied only by studying its observable effects. Hume sums up the point in the Introduction’s concluding remarks: We must therefore glean up our experiments in this science from a cautious observation of human life, and take them as they appear in the common course of the world, by men’s behaviour in company, in affairs, and in their pleasures.
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