Reading Hume on Human Understanding: Essays on the First Enquiry

Paperback | April 1, 2002

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Reading Hume on Human Understanding is a companion to the study of one of the great works of Western philosophy. David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (1748) has long been recognized as one of the best 'classics' for introducing students to the subject; these essays, most ofthem specially written for this volume, show how much more than this it is. The aims of the volume are: to provide a general overview of the Enquiry, especially for those approaching it for the first time; to set it in the context of Hume's philosophical work as a whole and establish its importancein that context: to elucidate, analyse, and assess the philosophy of the Enquiry, and clarify its interpretation; and to discuss recent developments in Hume scholarship that are relevant to the Enquiry. The eminent contributors to this volume cover a broad range of topics: meaning, induction,scepticism, belief, personal identity, causation, freedom, miracles, probability, and religious belief. These topics remain at the centre of philosophical debate today, and Hume's treatment of them in the Enquiry continues to demand attention and attract controversy.

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Reading Hume on Human Understanding is a companion to the study of one of the great works of Western philosophy. David Hume's Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (1748) has long been recognized as one of the best 'classics' for introducing students to the subject; these essays, most ofthem specially written for this volume, show ho...

Peter Millican is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Computing at the University of Leeds.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.07 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Peter Millican: Introduction1. Peter Millican: The Context, Aims, and Structure of Hume's First Enquiry2. M. A. Stewart: Two Species of Philosophy; The Historical Significance of the First Enquiry3. Jonathan Bennett: Empiricism about Meanings4. Peter Millican: Hume's Sceptical Doubts concerning Induction5. Martin Bell: Belief and Instinct in Hume's First Enquiry6. Justin Broackes: Hume, Belief, and Personal Identity7. Edward J. Craig: The Idea of Necessary Connexion8. Galen Strawson: David Hume: Objects and Power9. Simon Blackburn: Hume and Thick Connexions10. George Botterill: Hume on Liberty and Necessity11. Don Garrett: Hume on Testimony concerning Miracles12. David Owen: Hume versus Price on Miracles and Prior Probabilities: Testimony and the Bayesian Calculation13. J. C. A. Gaskin: Religion: The Useless Hypothesis14. David F. Norton: Of the Academical or Sceptical PhilosphyBibliography, Index

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"Peter Millican's Reading Hume on Human Understanding is a comprehensive overview of the philosophy of the first Enquiry and of the secondary literature on that work... future scholars will be able to review an outstanding collection of summary descriptions of books and articles on Hume and the first Enquiry, and will be that much more quickly able to focus their research and inform their reflections. We all owe him for that...In sum, this is a very valuable book, which succeeds admirably in its aim of providing a guide to advanced study of the first Enquiry. It would be an excellent choice for a graduate seminar, and it deserves to be on every Hume scholar's reference shelf."--Hume Studies "Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding presents in elegant essay form many of the doctrines of Book One of A Treatise of Human Nature...[Millican] has with this collection, made it easier to discern the various ways in which Hume's second thoughts on human understanding differ from his first."--Times Literary Supplement