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Made from twenty-nine in particular commissioned essays, A significant other to Hume examines the intensity of the philosophies and effect of 1 of history's such a lot awesome thinkers.
• Demonstrates the diversity of Hume's paintings and illuminates the continuing debates that it has generated
• prepared by way of topic, with introductions to every part to orient the reader
• Explores issues corresponding to wisdom, ardour, morality, faith, economics, and politics
• Examines the paradoxes of Hume's notion and his legacy, overlaying the equipment, issues, and results of his contributions to philosophy

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1641). Leviathan, ed. R. Tuck (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991). Hume, David (1741–77). Essays Moral, Political and Literary, ed. F. Eugene Miller (Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund, 1987). ) —— (1754–78). The History of England (Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund, 1983). ) Leibniz, G. W. (1704). New Essays on Human Understanding, ed. P. Remnant and J. Bennett (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996). —— (1714). Monadology, in Philosophical Texts, trans. R. Francks and R. S. Woolhouse (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).

He is commended, first, for making known “the necessity of experimental physics, of which no one was yet aware,” and secondly, for his resolutely humanistic focus: “Hostile to systems, he conceives of philosophy as being only that part of our knowledge which should contribute to making us better or happier, thus apparently confining it within the limits of the science of useful things, and everywhere he recommends the study of nature” (d’Alembert 1751: 75). The key was his anti-metaphysical temper, from which flowed both his experimentalism and his concern with practical human benefits.

To begin with Hume. To recognize in his work a powerful concern with epistemological questions is to state the obvious; but to think of it as essentially epistemology and metaphysics is something else altogether. It depends on a dubious understanding of the relation between these two concerns, and so fails to see what Hume’s examination of our rational powers is meant to open up. As a result, it requires ignoring (or demoting) most of what he actually wrote. Hume’s philosophical corpus is effectively reduced to his first work, A Treatise of Human Nature, written in his early twenties – and, indeed, only to the first of its three books.

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