Revered for his contributions to empiricism, skepticism, and ethics, David Hume remains one of the most important figures in the history of Western philosophy. His first and broadest work, A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40), comprises three volumes, concerning the understanding, the passions, and morals. He develops a naturalist and empiricist program, illustrating that the mind operates through the association of impressions and ideas. This companion features essays by leading scholars that evaluate the philosophical content of the arguments in Hume's Treatise while considering their historical context. The authors examine Hume's distinctive views on causation, motivation, free will, moral evaluation, and the origins of justice, which continue to influence present-day philosophical debate. This collection will prove a valuable resource for students and scholars exploring Hume, British empiricism, and modern philosophy.
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A valuable resource for students of Hume, British empiricism, and modern philosophy, this companion examines the arguments in A Treatise of Human Nature and considers their historical context. Hume's distinctive views on causation, motivation, free will, moral evaluation, and the origins of justice continue to influence present-day philosophical debate.About the Author:
Donald C. Ainslie is the Principal of University College and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He has published articles in numerous journals, including Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, the Journal of the History of Philosophy, the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Hume Studies and Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.
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