Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Hume on Knowledge

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Hume on Knowledge

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Hume on Knowledge

Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Hume on Knowledge

Synopsis

David Hume was one of the most important British philosophers of the eighteenth century. The first part of his Treatise on Human Nature is a seminal work in philosophy. Hume on Knowledge introduces and assesses:* Humes life and the background of the Treatise * The ideas and text in the Treatise * Humes continuing importance to philosophy

Excerpt

In this book I present a study of the most important themes in Book 1 of Hume's first, and greatest, work: A Treatise of Human Nature. the exposition follows the order in which these themes appear in the Treatise. Thus, after an introductory chapter outlining the background to Hume's thought and relating Book 1 of the Treatise to the rest of his work, the second chapter examines Hume's theory of the mind, as found in Part I of Book 1; the third chapter is devoted to Hume's discussion of causation, induction and the idea of necessary connection in Part III; and the remaining two chapters are concerned with the most significant and influential of Hume's discussions in Part IV: Section 2, on belief in the external world, and Section 6, on personal identity.

I am grateful to my colleagues at the University of Birmingham for the patience with which they have read and commented on successive redraftings of this material.

References have been given in general according to the Harvard referencing system. However references to Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding are by book, chapter and section. Other occasional exceptions to the Harvard system are explained in the bibliography.

H.W.N.

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