The Oxford Handbook of Hume

The Oxford Handbook of Hume

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The Scottish philosopher David Hume (1711-1776) is widely regarded as the greatest and most significant English-speaking philosopher and often seen as having had the most influence on the way philosophy is practiced today in the West. His reputation is based not only on the quality of his philosophical thought but also on the breadth and scope of his writings, which ranged over metaphysics, epistemology, morals, politics, religion, and aesthetics.

The Handbook's 38 newly commissioned chapters are divided into six parts: Central Themes; Metaphysics and Epistemology; Passion, Morality and Politics; Aesthetics, History, and Economics; Religion; Hume and the Enlightenment; and After Hume. The volume also features an introduction from editor Paul Russell and a chapter on Hume's biography.
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  • Hardback | 832 pages
  • 180 x 250 x 61mm | 1,390g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0199742847
  • 9780199742844
  • 2,331,883

Table of contents

Introduction & Acknowledgements
Abbreviations References to Hume's Writings
List of Contributors

1. Hume's Life and Works - James Harris

Part I Central Themes
2. Naturalism and Skepticism in the Philosophy of Hume - Barry Stroud
3. Reason, Normativity and Hume's "Title Principle" - Don Garrett
4. Reflexivity and Sentiment in Hume's Philosophy - Annette Baier
5. Hume's Skeptical Realism - John Wright
6. Hume's Chief Argument - Peter Millican
7. Hume's Philosophy of Irreligion and the Myth of British Empiricism - Paul Russell

Part II Metaphysics and Epistemology
8. Hume's Theory of Ideas - Wayne Waxman
9. Hume and the Molyneux Problem - Henry E. Allison
10. Hume on Space and Time - Donald L. M. Baxter
11. Hume's Skeptical Logic of Induction - Kenneth P. Winkler
12. Hume and the Problem of Causation - Helen Beebee
13. Hume on the External World - Georges Dicker
14. Hume on Personal Identity - Galen Strawson

Part III Passion, Morality and Politics
15. Hume on Pride and the Other Indirect Passions - Jacqueline Taylor
16. The Nature and Functions of Sympathy in Hume's Philosophy - Rico Vitz
17. Reason, Belief, and the Passions - David Owen
18. Hume on Practical Reason: Against the Normative Authority of Reason - Karl Schafer
19. Hume, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility - Tony Pitson
20. Hume on Is and Ought: Logic, Promises, and the Duke of Wellington- Charles Pigden
21. Hume, Morality, and Skepticism - Simon Blackburn
22. Hume on the Artificial Virtues - Geoffrey Sayre-McCord
23. Hume and Virtue Ethics - Christine Swanton
24. Hume's Political Philosophy - Neil McArthur

Part IV Aesthetics, History, and Economics
25. Hume, Kant and the Standard of Taste - Paul Guyer
26. Hume's Taste and the Rationalist Critique - Peter Kivy
27. Hume's History of England - Donald T. Siebert
28. Hume's Philosophical Economics - Tatsuya Sakamoto

29. Hume on Miracles: It's Part 2 that Matters - Michael Levine
30. Hume and Proofs for the Existence of God - Martin Bell
31.Hume on Evil - Samuel Newlands
32. Hume's Natural History of Religion - Keith Yandell
33. Hume on Suicide - Eugenio Lecaldano

Part V Hume and the Enlightenment
34. Newton and Hume- Yoram Hazony & Eric Schliesser
35. Hume and Smith on Moral Philosophy - Ryan Patrick Hanley
36. Hume and the Contemporary "Common Sense" Critique of Hume - Lorne Falkenstein

Part VI After Hume
37. Hume and Nietzsche - Peter Kail
38. Hume and Cognitive Science - Jesse Prinz

Bibliography and Further Reading
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Review quote

The Oxford Handbook of Hume, edited by Paul Russell, is an impressive collection of essays on the philosophical accomplishments and legacies of David Hume. In total 38 articles provide over 800 pages of first-rate Hume scholarship ... This collection is impressively comprehensive in its overview of Hume scholarship, and as such is an excellent and arguably essential addition to the library of anyone with a serious interest in the philosophy of David Hume. * Katie Paxman, Journal of Scottish Philosophy * An impressive recent addition to the Hume literature is the Oxford Handbook of Hume, edited by Paul Russell. The term "handbook" belies its heft; at over 800 pages, and weighing over 3 pounds, it is a battleship of current scholarly thinking on Hume ... the Oxford Handbook will provide a fine reference source both for Hume's thought, and for current thinking about Hume's thought. As Hume literature has grown, a volume such as this may be
particularly useful ... [a] timely and useful book. * Gregory Todd, Metapsychology Online Reviews *
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About Paul Russell

Paul Russell is Professor in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and Lund University. His publications include Freedom and Moral Sentiment: Hume's Way of Naturalizing Responsibility (Oxford University Press, 1995); The Riddle of Hume's Treatise: Skepticism, Naturalism, and Irreligion (Oxford University Press, 2008); and The Limits of Free Will (Oxford University Press, 2017).
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