Understanding Hume

Understanding Hume

Understanding Hume

Understanding Hume

Synopsis

"David Hume was one of the most signincant thinkers of the eighteenth century and his philosophical writings encompass the major themes of his subject: epistemology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy and the philosophy of religion. In Understanding Hume the standard problems posed by these topics are introduced and explored in the context of eighteenth-century thought and as they relate to contemporary philosophy. The discussion is not over-complicated by arcane minutiae or narrowly-focussed exegesis. Instead, written in jargon-free language, this is an ideal introduction not only to the often difficult writings of David Hume, but also to the main areas of modern philosophical debate." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

John Jenkins was fatally injured in a road accident on 8 December 1987. At the time of his death he had completed rough drafts of about twelve chapters of this book on Hume. The editors revised the existing manuscript and added new material (the final section of Chapter 12, as well as Chapter 13) based on John's lecture notes.

During a career at Edinburgh University spanning nearly twenty five years, John Jenkins was involved in teaching Hume at all levels, from first year undergraduates to postgraduates. However, his book on Hume, like its companion volume, Understanding Locke (Edinburgh University Press, 1983), is principally aimed at students beginning philosophy. For this reason it avoids entering into the numerous scholarly controversies concerning the interpretation of Hume's philosophy. Reference to the more important of these disputes can be found in the notes to each chapter. There too, some indication is given of recent work on the philosophical problems discussed by Hume.

Edinburgh, April 1991 P. L. and G. M.

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