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Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Hume on Knowledge : Routledge Philosophy Guidebooks (Paperback) - Harold W. Noonan

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Hume on Knowledge

Routledge Philosophy Guidebooks (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 5th August 1999
ISBN: 9780415150477
Number Of Pages: 232

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David Hume (1711-1776) is one of the greatest figures in the history of British philosophy. Of all Hume's writings, the most profound is undoubtedly "Treatise of Human Nature." The first book of the "Treatise," in which he outlines the epistemology and metaphysics underpinning his system, is universally acknowledged to be his greatest intellectual achievement. "Hume on Knowledge" provides for the first time ever a map to Book I and sets out principal ideas and arguments in a clear and readable way. Any reader coming to the "Treatise" for the first time will be able to easily understand the importance and intricacies inherent to Hume's thought.

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...written with admirable clarity...an excellent introduction to Hume for both undergraduates and beginning graduate students and contains material which should be of interest even to Hume scholars.

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Hume's life and workp. 1
Hume's life and timesp. 1
The structure of Book 1 of the Treatise and its place in Hume's workp. 5
The place of the Treatise in the history of philosophy: precursors, influences and effectsp. 15
Aims and methodsp. 33
Hume's theory of the mindp. 51
The contents of the mindp. 51
Impressions and ideasp. 60
The Copy Principle and the missing shade of bluep. 62
The Copy Principle and empiricismp. 65
The association of ideasp. 71
Abstract ideasp. 75
Hume's theory of thoughtp. 87
Causation, induction and necessary connectionp. 91
The grounds of belief and the role of causationp. 91
The idea of causep. 96
The Causal Maximp. 103
Inference from the observed to the unobservedp. 110
The nature and causes of beliefp. 131
The idea of necessary connectionp. 140
The external worldp. 161
The continued and distinct existence of bodyp. 161
The vulgar and philosophical forms of the belief in bodyp. 164
The causes of the vulgar form of the belief in body: constancy and coherencep. 173
The role of identityp. 177
The philosophical belief in double existencep. 182
The self and personal identityp. 187
The fiction of personal identityp. 187
The reification of perceptionsp. 192
The rejection of the substantial selfp. 198
Hume's account of the source of the mistakep. 201
Objections to Humep. 205
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780415150477
ISBN-10: 0415150477
Series: Routledge Philosophy Guidebooks (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 5th August 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1

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