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Constructed from twenty-nine in particular commissioned essays, A spouse to Hume examines the intensity of the philosophies and effect of 1 of history's such a lot outstanding thinkers.
• Demonstrates the variety of Hume's paintings and illuminates the continuing debates that it has generated
• geared up via topic, with introductions to every part to orient the reader
• Explores themes reminiscent of wisdom, ardour, morality, faith, economics, and politics
• Examines the paradoxes of Hume's proposal and his legacy, masking the equipment, issues, and outcomes of his contributions to philosophy

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Qxd 10/1/08 11:17 AM Page 31 hume in the enlightenment tradition frequently to conflict. In particular, the life of the rational enquirer seems doomed to misery: reason is a very leaky vessel, ill-fitted to resist the storms and shoals of life. Nevertheless, the philosophical life, if pursued with the diffident spirit of the true skeptic, is to be preferred to superstition and its attendant vices. Thus Book 1’s sometimes dramatically skeptical conclusions emphasize the limits and uncertainty of all that we claim to know.

But that the interpretation of Hume’s philosophy suffers when not conducted with an eye to this background is not similarly accepted. The problem does not lie with specialists in Hume’s philosophy, most of whom are well acquainted with the context in which Hume worked. It lies, rather, with the everyday practice of average modern philosophy departments. In the everyday setting, Hume’s philosophy is standardly tied to a limited array of contemporary philosophical problems. These problems – essentially epistemological and metaphysical – are treated in abstraction from any sense either of their place in Hume’s overall philosophy, or of the philosophy’s place in the wider intellectual movements of his day.

E. ), Impressions of Hume (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 11–58. Further Reading Beebee, Helen (2006). Hume on Causation (London: Routledge). Frasca-Spada, Marina (1998). Space and the Self in Hume’s Treatise (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Harris, James A. (2005). Of Liberty and Necessity: The Free Will Debate in Eighteenth-century British Philosophy (Oxford: Clarendon Press). Herdt, Jennifer A. (1997). Religion and Faction in Hume’s Moral Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

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