The Philosophy of David Hume

The Philosophy of David Hume : With a New Introduction by Don Garrett

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Norman Kemp Smith's The Philosophy of David Hume has long been regarded as a classic study by scholars in the field - a ground-breaking book that has since been unsurpassed in its comprehensive coverage of the ideas and issues of Hume's Treatise. This reissue brings this currently out-of-print and highly sought-after classic up-to-date with a new introduction by Don Garrett. Garrett's new introduction sets the book in its contemporary context and makes the case for its continuing importance in the field of Hume scholarship.
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  • Paperback | 568 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 40.64mm | 769g
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • Gordonsville, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th ed. 1941
  • XL, 568 p.
  • 1403915075
  • 9781403915078
  • 699,617

Table of contents

Introduction; Don Garrett Preface to the First Edition Bibliography Abbreviations PART I: THE ORIGINS OF HUME'S PHILOSOPHY Introductory: The Distinctive Principles and Ethical Origins of Hume's Philosophy Hutcheson's Teaching and its Influence on Hume The Influence of Newton and of Locke PART II: PRELIMINARY SIMPLIFIED STATEMENT OF HUME'S CENTRAL DOCTRINES, TAKEN MAINLY IN THE ORDER OF THEIR EXPOSITION IN THE TREATISE AND ENQUIRIES Current Misunderstandings of Hume's Teachings Preliminary Outline Statement of Hume's Teaching as Expounded in Parts i, iii and iv of Book I of the Treatise Preliminary Outline Statement of Hume's Theory of Morals, as Expounded in Books II and III of the Treatise PART III: DETAILED CONSIDERATION OF THE CENTRAL DOCTRINES, TAKEN IN WHAT MAY BE PRESUMED TO HAVE BEEN THE ORDER OF THEIR FIRST DISCOVERY Doctrine of the Passions and of Sympathy in its Bearing on Hume's Theory of Morals The Indirect Passions of Pride and Humility, Love and Hatred; And in Connection Therewith Hume's First Statement and Application of the Principles of Association The Function of Reason in the Moral Sphere The Opening Sections fo the Treatise , as Predetermined by Hume's Early Doctrine of Belief Memory The Association of Ideas, and its Products Abstract Ideas Hume's Version of Hutcheson's Teaching that Space and Time are Non-Sensational 'Knowledge' in the Strict Sense of the Term Belief in Causality: The Nature of Causal 'Inference' Belief in Causality: The Origin of the Idea of Necessity The Causal Maxim Neither Self-Evident nor Demonstrable: Its Sanctions Solely Those of Natural Belief Probability of Chances and Probability of Causes Liberty and Necessity The Sceptical and the Positive Aspects of Hume's Doctrine of Natural Belief Belief as it Enters into Sense-Perception 'Identity' and 'Substance' in their Bearing on the Nature of the Self PART IV: THE FINAL OUTCOME The Relation of the Treatise to the Enquiries Concluding Comments Index of Proper Names
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'the re-issue of this work is wholly welcomed and Garrett's introduction is a very helpful addition to it.' - Sylvana Tomaselli, Journal of Liberal History
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'the re-issue of this work is wholly welcomed and Garrett's introduction is a very helpful addition to it.' - Sylvana Tomaselli, Journal of Liberal History
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About Norman Kemp Smith

NORMAN KEMP SMITH was born in Dundee in 1872 and died in Edinburgh in 1958. Between 1919 and 1945 he was Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh. Amongst his books are New Studies in the Philosophy of Descartes, The Credibility of Divine Existence and his translation of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason.

DON GARRETT is Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of North Carlolina, Chapel Hill. He is the Co-Editor of the journal Hume Studies, and The Encyclopedia of Empiricism, author of Cognition and Commitment in Hume's Philosophy, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza and Early Modern Philosophy (OUP forthcoming).
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