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The Blackwell Guide to Hume's Treatise

Saul Traiger (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-1508-7
320 pages
January 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
The Blackwell Guide to Hume
This Guide provides students with the scholarly and interpretive tools they need to understand Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature and its influence on modern philosophy.

  • A student guide to Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature.
  • Focuses on recent developments in Hume scholarship.
  • Covers topics such as the formulation, reception and scope of the Treatise, imagination and memory, the passions, moral sentiments, and the role of sympathy.
  • All the chapters are newly written by Hume scholars.
  • Each chapter guides the reader through a portion of the Treatise, explaining the central arguments and key contemporary interpretations of those arguments.
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Notes on Contributors.

References to the Threatise, Abstract, and Enquiries.

Editor's Introduction.

Part I: Formulation, Reception and Scope of the Treatise:.

1. The Treatise: Composition, Reception and Response: John Wright (Central Michigan University).

2. Hume's Other Writings:Wade Robison (Rochester Institute of Technology).

Part II: The Understanding:.

3. Impressions and Ideas: Janet Broughton (University of California, Berkeley).

4. Space and Time: Lorne Falkenstein (University of Western Ontario).

5. Belief, Probability, Normativity: William Edward Morris (Illinois Wesleyan University).

6. Causation: Abraham Sesshu Roth (University of Illinois at Chicago).

7. Identity, Continued Existence, and the External World: Don Baxter (University of Connecticut).

8. Personal Identity and the Sceptical System of Philosophy: Corliss Gayda Swain (St. Olaf College).

9. Hume's Conclusions in 'Conclusion of this Book': Don Garrett (New York University).

Part III: The Passions:.

10. The Powers and Mechanisms of the Passions: Lilli Alanen (Uppsala University).

11. Hume's "New and Extraordinary" Account of the Passions: Jane McIntyre (Cleveland State University).

12. Liberty, Necessity and the Will: Tony Pitson (University of Stirling).

Part IV: Morals:.

13. Reason, Passion and the Influencing Motives of the Will: Mike Karlsson (University of Iceland).

14. Hume's Artificial and Natural Virtues: Rachel Cohon (University at Albany, State University of New York).

15. Virtue and the Evaluation of Character: Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco).

Index
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Saul Traiger is Professor of Philosophy at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. He is the past president of the Hume Society, and has published numerous articles and reviews on Hume’s metaphysics and epistemology, as well as articles in contemporary epistemology, philosophy of mind, and the foundations of cognitive science.
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  • A student guide to Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature.

  • Provides students with the tools they need to understand the Treatise and its influence on modern philosophy.

  • Focuses on recent developments in Hume scholarship.

  • Covers topics such as the formulation, reception and scope of the Treatise, imagination and memory, the passions, moral sentiments, and the role of sympathy.

  • All the chapters are newly written by Hume scholars.

  • Each chapter guides the reader through a portion of the Treatise, explaining the central arguments and key contemporary interpretations of those arguments.
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“The Blackwell Guide to Hume’s Treatise is a very welcome arrival, an antidote to the selective attention from which the Treatise has often suffered. The contributors set out and assess Hume’s main doctrines and arguments across the whole Treatise, bringing out links between its different parts, and situating the work in its biographical and philosophical context. The result is an excellent introduction to one of the major works of western philosophy.” Stephen Buckle, Australian Catholic University


“This is an excellent addition to an excellent series. Saul Traiger has solicited an impressive collection of original essays covering all the parts of Hume’s most important, but also most baffling, work. The authors include most of the world’s leading Hume scholars. Their work is authoritative, but is also very clearly presented, so that the volume will be accessible to college students as well useful for expert philosophers. Highly recommended!” Vere Chappell, University of Massachusetts

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