By: Harold W. Noonan (author)Paperback

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The father of modern scepticism and perhaps the most important English philosopher, Hume was lauded within his own lifetime as a pivotal figure of the Enlightenment, with his highly original theories of perception, personal identity, causation, politics, morality, and religion. Hume's voice, lucid and witty, is still an acute critic of human nature and Western thought.

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H. W. Noonan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, before which he was Research Fellow at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Hume on Knowledge (Routledge, 1998).


Preface 1 Introduction: Hume's Life and Work Hume's Life and Times Themes and arguments in Hume's philosophy The place of the Hume in the History of Philosophy: Precursors, influences and effects 2 Hume's Theory of the Mind The Contents of the Mind Impressions and Ideas The Copy Principle and the Missing Shade of Blue The Copy Principle and Empiricism The Association of Ideas Abstract Ideas Hume's Theory of Thought 3 Causation, Induction and Necessary Connection The Grounds of Belief and the Role of Causation The Idea of Cause The Causal Maxim Inference from the Observed to the Unobserved The Nature and Causes of Belief The Idea of Necessary Connection 4 The External World The Continued and Distinct Existence of Body The Vulgar and Philosophical Forms of the Belief in Body The Causes of the Vulgar Form of the Belief in Body: Constancy and Coherence The Role of Identity The Philosophical Belief in Double Existence 5 The Self and Personal Identity The Fiction of Personal Identity The Reification of Perceptions The Rejection of the Substantial Self Hume's Account of the Source of the Mistake Objections to Hume 6 Morality Project and Predecessors Reason and Passion Reason and Morals Morality and Sentiment The Virtues The Correction of Our Sentiments 7 Religion Introduction Miracles Natural Religion Bibliography Index

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  • publication date: 30/03/2007
  • ISBN13: 9781851684939
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781851684939
  • weight: 286
  • ISBN10: 185168493X

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