The Continuum Companion to Hume by Alan Bailey, Dan O'Brien

By Alan Bailey, Dan O'Brien

David Hume (1711-1776), thinker, historian, and essayist, is commonly thought of to be Britain's maximum thinker. one of many major highbrow figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, his significant works and valuable principles, in particular his radical empiricism and his critique of the pretensions of philosophical rationalism, stay highly influential on modern philosophers.

This accomplished and obtainable consultant to Hume's lifestyles and paintings contains 21 particularly commissioned essays, written through a group of major specialists, protecting each point of Hume's suggestion. The significant other provides info of Hume's existence, ancient and philosophical context, a accomplished assessment of all of the key issues and issues obvious in his paintings, together with his debts of causal reasoning, scepticism, the soul and the self, motion, cause, loose will, miracles, common faith, politics, human nature, girls, economics and background, and an account of his reception and enduring effect. this can be a vital reference device for somebody operating within the fields of Hume stories and Eighteenth-Century Philosophy.

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301, 509). 256, 136). A few months later he allows that he would accept the challenge to defend The Natural History of Religion against Warburton’s criticisms were he attacking his ‘principal Topics’. 265–67, 140). Concerning his no-reply resolution, in 1758 Hume still maintains that he ‘shall probably uphold it to the End of [his] life’. The Concise and Genuine Account of his dispute with Rousseau recalls that Hume ‘hath seen his writings frequently censured with bitterness . . without ever giving an answer to his adversaries’, yet, in the case of the Rousseau imbroglio, the ‘circumstances’ were such as to draw Hume into a scandal, ‘in spite of his inclinations’.

Later on, at Hertford’s table, Sterne had a dispute with Hume (a ‘little pleasant sparring’, he says). In his sermon Sterne had celebrated integrity and miracles, and blamed pride and hypocrisy. At dinner ‘David was disposed to make a little merry with the Parson; and, in return, the Parson was equally disposed to make a little mirth with the Infidel’. ’33 At the end of 1765 Sterne publishes his Sermons with a probably less ‘unlucky’ and offensive version of ‘Hezekiah’. He is ready to ‘quarrel’ with Hume by calling him a ‘deist’, if he will not add his name to the ‘most splendid list’ of subscribers.

However, it also serves the second function of improving our moral judgements. People and events close to us in time and space are frequently assessed through a prism of partiality that prevents us from seeing how they strike other people, and important potential consequences have often not yet had a chance to manifest themselves. In contrast, if we are reading a historical narration of events that took place many years ago that involved people not intimately connected to us, we have an opportunity to arrive at less biased and better-informed moral judgements, a habit that can then be transferred to situations in which our own interests are at stake.

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