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The Cambridge Companion to Hume

2nd Edition


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Donald L. Baxter, Martin Bell, John Biro, Robert J. Fogelin, J. C. A. Gaskin, Knud Haakonssen, Peter Jones, Jane L. Mcintyre, David Fate Norton, David Owen, Terence Penelhum, Andrew S. Skinner, Jacqueline Taylor, David Wootton
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  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521677349

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  • Although best known for his contributions to the theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion, Hume also influenced developments in the philosophy of mind, psychology, ethics, political and economic theory, political and social history, and aesthetic theory. The fifteen essays in this volume address all aspects of Hume's thought. The picture of him that emerges is that of a thinker who, though often critical to the point of scepticism, was nonetheless able to build on that scepticism a constructive, viable, and profoundly important view of the world. Also included in this volume are Hume's two brief autobiographies and a bibliography suited to those beginning their study of Hume. This second edition of one our most popular Companions includes six new essays and a new introduction, and the remaining essays have all been updated or revised.

    • This is the only available comprehensive introductory guide to Hume
    • Each essay has been written and edited with the new or student reader in mind; no prior knowledge of his topics in presupposed
    • Each author is an acknowledged expert on the specific topic on which he or she writes
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    'The breadth of The Cambridge Companion to Hume matches the sweeping scope of Hume's thought. … Even though each essay considers in depth a distinct area of Hume's thinking, this volume has the cohesiveness of a text, with some of the authors writing with an explicit awareness of other essays included in the collection … Norton has admirably produced a book that will serve as an invaluable and enduring repository of accessible presentations by accomplished scholars on the major areas of Hume's thought.' Elizabeth S. Radcliffe, Philosophical Review

    ' … a valuable resource for graduate and advanced undergraduate classes … hough Hume specialists will surely find this book helpful - especially as a starting point for filling in gaps in their knowledge - it is crafted with a larger audience in mind. Nonspecialists will find the essays accessible and stimulating, full of useful material both about Hume's intellectual context and about Hume's contributions to shaping issues that grip us now.' Ira Singer, Ethics

    ' … an attractive volume. It will be useful both to those who want to see the grand design of Hume's work as well as those who are interested only in his contributions to one or another discipline.' John Immerwahr, International Studies in Philosophy

    ' … individual articles will be useful to those teaching Hume, and will provide an excellent resource for students or researchers who are writing on one of these topics. In my judgement, the book is generally reliable …' Nathan Brett, Dialogue

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521677349
    • length: 578 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 152 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to Hume's thought
    2. Hume's new science of the mind
    3. Hume and the mechanics of mind: impressions, ideas, and association
    4. Hume's theory of space and time in its sceptical context
    5. Hume on causation
    6. Hume and the problem of personal identity
    7. Hume's scepticism
    8. Hume's moral psychology
    9. The foundations of morality in Hume's Treatise
    10. Hume's later moral philosophy
    11. The structure of Hume's political theory
    12. David Hume: principles of political economy
    13. Hume on the arts and 'The Standard of Taste': texts and contexts
    14. David Hume: 'the Historian'
    15. Hume on religion.

  • Editors

    David Fate Norton, McGill University, Montréal
    David Fate Norton is Professor of Moral Philosophy Emeritus, McGill University, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, University of Victoria. He has published widely on Hume and eighteenth-century British philosophy, and recently co-edited the first critical edition of Hume's Treatise of Human Nature.

    Jacqueline Taylor
    Jacqueline Taylor is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco. She has published on Hume's philosophy in Hume Studies, Topoi, The Journal of Ethics, The Blackwell Guide to Hume's Treatise, and Feminist Interpretations of David Hume.


    Donald L. Baxter, Martin Bell, John Biro, Robert J. Fogelin, J. C. A. Gaskin, Knud Haakonssen, Peter Jones, Jane L. Mcintyre, David Fate Norton, David Owen, Terence Penelhum, Andrew S. Skinner, Jacqueline Taylor, David Wootton

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